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North Carolina’s Abnormally Dry Conditions Increase Slightly


North Carolina’s abnormally dry conditions increased slightly, as reported in the latest drought monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Center for conditions through Tuesday, from 16.41% to 16.53%.  The area experiencing moderate drought increased slightly from 9.52% to 10.08%, and the area of severe drought remained the same at 5.37%.  The area of improvement is in the western Piedmont, with dry conditions receding to the west.  The Piedmont and the Coastal Plain remain drought free.

South Carolina’s Drought Conditions Remain Steady

In the latest Drought Monitor released by the drought mitigation center on Thursday for conditions through Tuesday, South Carolina’s drought conditions remained steady.  The area of the state experiencing abnormally dry conditions held at 34.84%, the area experiencing moderate drought held at 24.76%, and the area of severe drought also held at just over 11%. The area of the state experiencing extreme drought declined slightly from 1.7 to 1.69%.  The Midlands and the Lowcountry remain drought free.

Dow-DuPont Merger Subject to Judiciary Committee Review

The Justice Department says it will enforce anti-trust law in the proposed Dow-DuPont merger, according to the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley says he’s gotten a response back from Justice Department to his earlier letter asking for a thorough antitrust review of the proposed Dow-DuPont merger…

“The Department stated that they would thoroughly enforce Section 7 of the Clayton Act, which prohibits mergers and acquisitions that substantially limits competition.”

Dow-DuPont would control 76 percent of the corn seed market and 66 percent of the soybean seed market. Stockholders voted last week to join the two agribusiness and chemical giants this year.

NCGA Brings Back Corn Photo Contest

The National Corn Growers Association is calling all photographers to help tell the story of farming field corn in America through the third annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA hopes to capture high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. Interested participants will be able to submit multiple entries until November 30, 2016.

Open to photographers of all ages and skill levels, the Fields-of-Corn photo contest offers a free opportunity for photographers to share their work while competing for 19 cash prizes, including a $500 grand prize. Entries will also be considered for prizes with cash awards for the top three entries in five categories including: Farm Family Lifestyle, Farming Challenges, Growing Field Corn, Scenery/Landscape and the Soil Health Partnership’s new Conservation category. Additional first, second and third prizes will be awarded for the entries with the most “likes.”  For more information visit www.

It is important to note that the Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest is specifically geared toward photos of field corn and not sweet corn.'

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.