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NC Wheat Crop Still Struggling under Relentless Rain

The unprecedented rainfall in the Carolinas the past few weeks has hampered planting efforts and wheat harvest efforts across North and South Carolina. but, Don Nicholson, Regional Agronomist with North Carolina Department of Agriculture says while behind, all in all crops seem to be withstanding the rain fairly well:

“Most of the crops that have been affected so far have been field crops like wheat, soybeans and corn. The rain has actually been good for the NC corn crop this year. Right now with the moisture we have the corn looks good.”

But, Nicholson says vegetables and wheat are another story:

“Vegetable crops have been a bit touchy, and its been a very cold we spring and summer has continued to be wet. A lot of crops have not even been planted yet, like the soybeans. And there is still so much wheat still in the fields.”

Nicholson explains the biggest looser when North Carolina grain crops are in trouble is the state’s livestock industry:

“Most of the wheat, corn and grain sorghum grown in NC goes toward our livestock industry and grain crop prices are high right now which is a shame for the farmers if they cant get it harvested. In the long run it could affect meat prices.”

NCDA Regional Agronomist Don Nicholson 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.