NC Soil Moisture Levels Remain Stable

In the latest crop progress report for North Carolina released Tuesday, there were almost 6 days suitable for fieldwork in the Tar heel state in the week ended November 10th. Statewide moisture levels were rated at 2% very short, 30% short, 65% adequate and 3% surplus. The state received little precipitation during the week, and the dry, warm conditions allowed for significant increases in small grain plantings and sweet potato and soybean harvest, both of which still remain slightly behind last year and the five-year average.

Lenoir County Extension reports that Soybean harvest continues but is delayed due to the above average rain fall during June & July. This has also caused problems with cotton bolls not opening on the upper half of the plant.

Paul Westfall with Granville County Extension reports that Soil is still dry. Pond, lake & stream levels are down. Soybean harvest is just starting, as is grain sorghum harvest. Wheat planting continued, with many fields emerged and growing. Most livestock farmers are feeding hay as pastures did not get normal fall growth due to dry conditions.

Sunny Days Allow SC Crops to Advance

Sunny days and seasonal temperatures in South Carolina allowed producers ample time for fieldwork and other outdoor activities around the farm as reported in the latest crop progress report released on Tuesday. Soil moisture ratings were reported at 6% very short, 55% short, and 39% adequate.

There were more than 6 and a half days suitable for fieldwork across the state in the week ended November 10th. By the end of the week cotton bolls were 98% open and 46% of the crop was harvested, well behind the five-year average. Peanut harvest moved closer to completion with 97% of the crop harvested by week’s end, slightly ahead of the five-year average, but only 28% of the crop had been harvested lagging well behind last year’s 41% and the five-year average of 35%.

FDA Looking at Safety Regulations for Spices

The Food and Drug Administration has released a study zeroing in on the potential public health risk of consuming spices, responding to recent outbreaks caused by the consumption of salmonella-contaminated spices in the United States, and suggests future improvements in spice safety.
The study's findings suggest that the presence of pathogens such as salmonella and filth in spices is “a systemic challenge,” the American Meat Institute said.

Failures identified in the food safety system potentially causing adulteration of consumed spice generally arose from poor/inconsistent application of appropriate preventive controls.

More Funding for Savannah River Project

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has announced plans to set aside money in his next budget proposal for a project to deepen the Port of Savannah's shipping channel.

Deal said Wednesday he plans to set aside $35 million for the project in the next proposal. If approved, Deal says the allocation would bring the state's total contribution to $266 million.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 417-3 in late October to approve an $8.2 billion plan to support water-related projects nationwide. The plan would also raise a $459 million spending cap congress put on the project by nearly $200 million to reach its current cost estimate of $652 million.

South Dakota Livestock Losses Continue to Mount

Livestock losses in South Dakota, where the state’s Animal Industry Board continues to receive reports twice daily ranchers from around the state, continue to mount when the area was slammed in early October by a freak storm.

As of Friday, the state had lost 14,957 cattle; 1,258 sheep; 288 horses; and 40 bison, according to State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven, who went on to say he feels the numbers could easily double. To put the numbers in perspective; in an already reduced cattle herd due to long-term drought, total losses could equal a week’s worth of processing for the country’s beef supply. relief efforts from surrounding states offering replacement heifers to ranchers heavily damaged by the storm continue. 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.