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Snow on the Sand in the Carolinas

Snow on the Sand in the Carolinas

It’s not every winter you see snow on the beach in the Carolinas, but this most recent winter blast left as much as 6” of snow on the Outer Banks, and interior coast line.  Rod Gurganus, director of Beaufort County Extension:

“Every so many years we will see a little white stuff, but to get this much and these cold temperatures is very unusual. We don’t handle snow out this way as well as they do in the western part of the state.”

Strawberries particularly had a tough January, and Don Nicholson, regional agronomist with NCDA says they’ve fared well thus far:

“I have been in several fields, especially after the last cold patch we had, and I split into some crowns to see if there had been any cold damage. I have been very pleased at what I have seen and I think the cold damage has been very limited. I hope it wont affect yield in the long run. The plants are dormant so that is helping to deal with the cold weather.”

With so much wet weather over the past six week, Nicholson says lack of nitrogen is starting to show on winter wheat:

“The early planted wheat has looked pretty good, and had some good tiller growth. The cold has caused some injury on the foliage. But I think in the long run it will be fine. The biggest concern is with the later planted wheat, from Thanksgiving into December. It looks very sparse and doesn’t have a lot of growth on it and very few tillers. I have been recommending to farmers with sparse wheat to consider putting 30-35 pounds of nitrogen to the crop.”

And Gurganus said pretty much the same thing about wheat in the eastern part of the state:

“For the most part our biggest concern has been the wet weather. In our production meetings we’ve had over the past few weeks, when we are talking about wheat, we are stressing with the growers that we may be in this wet pattern for a while. So if there is a chance to get the nitrogen out they should take it. Some look at split applications, but this year we may only get one shot and so if there is a chance to get out, the smart thing will be to get it out.”

There were several meetings scheduled this week in the Blacklands, all of which were postponed:

“Most of those meetings we had to cancel due to the weather have been rescheduled now.”

Rod Gurganus in the Blacklands, and Don Nicholson in the North Carolina Piedmont.

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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.