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Parts of South Carolina See Excessive Rains

In South Carolina’s latest crop progress report, many areas of the state continued to be plagued by heavy rain, while other areas did not receive quite as much. There were an average of 3.9 days suitable for field work in the Palmetto sate. Temperatures were once again cooler than average, and soil moisture rating were reported at 2% short, 65% adequate and 33% surplus. The corn crop, as of Sunday, August 25th was 92% matured compared to 96% on the five year average. The cotton crop is 100% squared with only 72% of the crop setting bolls compared to 91% on the five-year average. The Orangeburg reporting station recorded more than 6 inches of rain for the week increasing the year-to-date total to 47.31 inches, an even 15 inches above the norm.

Latest Crop Progress Report Shows Below Average Temps

In the latest crop progress report for North Carolina, the state had 4.5 days suitable for field work for the week ended August 25th, compared to 4.4 days the previous week. Statewide moisture levels were rated at 5% short, 68% adequate and 27% surplus. For a second week the average temperatures were below normal for the week, and the cooler temperatures were unexpected for the month of August, and once again, the state received widespread precipitation. Kaitlyn Cranford with Moore County Extension reports heavy insect damage by corn earworm on sorghum and soybeans, and Tommy Grandy of Currituck County Extension reports that corn harvest is proceeding as field conditions improve. There is also isolated worm activity meeting threshold limits for control.  

New Study Shows Pork is Fastest Growing Protein in Foodservice

According to an annual study on foodservice sales – pork has been the fastest growing protein within the foodservice industry over the past two-years.
Pork sold through foodservice outlets reached a record 9.25-billion pounds this past year. Gerike says this growth is positive news for the pork industry.

The study – which is conducted by Technomic Inc. – reinforces results released by USDA last week. As of July 31st – frozen pork supplies held in inventory were down 3.5-percent in June. That reduction reflects strong pork demand. 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.