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Some South Carolina Dryland Crops Under Stress


In the latest crop progress report for South Carolina, there were almost six days suitable for field work in the week ended August 27th, compared to five and a half the previous week.

Kyle Daniel with Georgetown County reports that a much drier week allowed for some corn harvest, with excellent average yields.  Tobacco harvest is winding down, with fair quality and moderate yields.  Conditions have been good for soybeans, cotton and peanuts.  Matthew Wannamaker in Lexington County reports that crop conditions are declining due to the continuation of excessive heat and little precipitation.  Most of the corn was drying down before the heat set in, so they’re still expecting above average yields.  Dryland cotton and soybeans are suffering.  Irrigation pivots have been running to capacity.

Cooler Temperatures a Welcome Relief

There were more than six days suitable for field work in the latest Crop Progress report in North Carolina for the week ended August 27th, compared to just over five the previous week.  Charles Mitchell with Franklin County reports that the cooler temperatures were a welcome relief, soybeans are setting pods, but rain is needed.  The tobacco crop is what it is, barns are full, and tobacco is waiting to be harvested in the fields.  Paul Westfall in Granville County reported that tobacco harvest is continuing with variable yield and quality.

And Robeson County’s Mac Mallow reports that parts of the country remain dry with crops under stress, but  most of the county received a good rain on Thursday.  Corn harvest yield reports remain above average for most.

Harvey Impact on Texas Agriculture

Hurricane Harvey arrived on the Texas coast as the state’s cotton harvest of an expected bumper crop was getting underway. The Texas cotton harvest is around 10 percent complete, with bales in the field and high storage levels. The storm came at what one cotton gin operator called “the worst possible time.” Southeast Texas agriculture has extensive damage from the storm. However, quantifying the damage will take some time. A Texas A&M AgriLife spokesperson says the storm is still in progress and it’s impossible to evaluate damages.

Ruhland named United Soybean Board CEO

The United Soybean Board announced Wednesday Polly Ruhland will take over as CEO of USB in November. She currently serves as CEO at the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board. USB says she brings “a platform of experience and expertise that parallels the opportunities and challenges facing the soy industry.” John Becherer, current USB CEO, served USB for the last 23 years will work with USB to support the transition and the incoming CEO until his retirement at the end of the year.'

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.