NC Senator Takes on Burdensome EPA Regulations

Senator Kay Hagan is introducing a bipartisan bill she's co-sponsoring with Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, that will do away with unnecessary EPA regulation of pesticides. The measure follows court ordered EPA regulation of pesticide last year. 

 “This court order said that you must have a clean water permit as well as an EPA permit. The bill removes government regulation that is detrimental to our economy.”

Hagan says the extra regulation provides no additional environmental or public health benefit, and only adds additional cost for taxpayers.

SC Corn Planting Close to 5-year Average

In the latest crop progress report for South Carolina, it’s reported that drier weather during the mid-week aided South Carolina growers in catching up with their crop planting. Farmers were particularly busy with planting corn and setting tobacco plants. Rainfall early and latter in the week kept soils close to where they had been during the previous week at 2% short, 85% adequate, and 13% surplus. There was an average of 5.5 days across the State that were suitable for fieldwork.

It was a good week to get the corn crop planted, and farmers were hustling to get it done. By the end of the week, huge progress had been made, and planting was 81% complete, compared to 95% in 2012, and 88% for the five-year average. The cool weather earlier this spring that has delayed planting may cause some producers to reconsider some corn acreage. The crop was 50% emerged, compared to 80% last year, and 66% for the five-year average. Vegetable planting continues. In some places, planting was nearly complete, while in other areas work slowed due to wet soils, and cool ground temperatures.

For more on the current crop report click here.  

Corn Planting Playing Catch Up, Sorghum Ahead of Schedule

While corn planting is behind schedule across most of the country, USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, says sorghum planting is on schedule for this season.

“Some of the southern planting has been completed overall about 25% planted, with the five year average at 24%, so sorghum planting is very much on par with what we would expect at this time of year.”

UK Scientific Adviser Making Case for GM Crops

The new Chief Scientific Adviser in the United Kingdom says the case for genetically modified food is getting stronger because of its importance as a tool to feed a growing global population. Sir Mark Walport says he aims to offer ministers the best and most accurate advice on all aspects of science policy – including the introduction of GM crops. He believes it’s his job to set out the scientific case – but notes it’s up to the politicians to decide how to use that science. Still – he says the scientific case for GM is becoming stronger and stronger. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.