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South Carolina Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation Meets

Cotton farmers from across South Carolina got together yesterday to talk about how to fight their biggest enemy: the boll weevil.
On Tuesday, the South Carolina Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation held its annual cotton growers meeting at Clemson University’s Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence County.

Organizers say the boll weevil crossed into the United States from Mexico in the late 1800s. By the 1930s, it had devastated the American cotton crop, forcing farmers to combat it with heavy doses of pesticide.

North Carolina Sees More Moisture

In the final crop progress report for 2013 for North Carolina there were 3.3 days suitable for field work for the week ending December 15th compared to 3.8 for the previous week ending December 8th.

Statewide soil moisture levels were rated at 3% short, 71% adequate and 26% surplus. Much of the state received over an inch of rain during the week with several areas receiving over 2 inches of precipitation.

Wet Conditions Affect Growers Harvest

Mac Malloy with Robeson County Extension reported that wet, cloudy conditions have delayed harvest of cotton and soybeans over the last week. Growers are struggling to get into the fields as quality and yields are reduced from extended weathering. Wheat crop looks good.
And Paul Westfall with Granville County Extension says that harvest is winding down. Rainfall is helping the soil moisture situation as most areas now have adequate moisture. Wheat condition is getting worse as deer are doing a significant amount of damage, especially on late planted stands that have not tilled much, and not many soil samples are being submitted.

Demand for US Grown Soybeans on the Rise

Thanks in part to checkoff-funded efforts – such as a recent event that welcomed international customers to see this year’s crop and U.S. transportation infrastructure – Chinese demand for U.S. soy continues to grow. United Soybean Board Director Larry Marek says China’s increasing demand for U.S. soy is due to an improving economy…

“Nearly 1/4th of our soybeans grown in the US get exported to China. They have a rapidly changing economy and more people there are eating more meat and they need soy for both livestock and human consumption.”

During the recent U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange, Chinese agricultural leaders signed agreements to buy approximately 2.8-billion dollars-worth of U.S. soy. U.S. soy officials say this speaks to the work of U.S. soybean farmers producing a reliable crop.

BioFuel Legislation Takes Effect

The Renewable Fuels Association is applauding the introduction of the Second Generation Biofuels Extension Act of 2013 by California Representative Scott Peters. The legislation would extend the Second Generation Biofuel Producer Credit and the Special Allowance for Second Generation Biofuel Plant Property. Second generation biofuel is any renewable fuel that’s made from anything but 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.