South Carolina Corn Harvest Wrapping Up

Kevin Phillips, Field Agronomist for DuPont Pioneer for Georgia and South Carolina says that corn harvest has wrapped up in the South Carolina plots and the yields are looking good:

“Most of our plots are out of the field and most farmers are wrapping up harvest. There may be a few wet spots just waiting but for the most part we are done. I am going through out yield data now and for the state of SC it looks like average yields for irrigated fields across about 12 Pioneer locations will be around 200 bushels and for the dry land plots in about 8 locations the average plot will be about 170 bushels.”

The yields for dryland corn are especially good explains Phillips:

“The yields have just been really good due to all the rain, it helped those that planted a lower population. Those plants did a good job with the sunlight and moisture that we had. We had some dry land up in the PeeDee area that topped 245 bushels. In the coastal plains it was 150-160.”

As far as soybeans, the late planting is still creating some situations explains Phillips:

“We are looking at some late season type pests, spraying for a few loopers and bean caterpillars. The plants are flowering and setting pods. We need to keep an eye on the pests and there are reports of soybean rust so those with late planted beans may want to look at one last fungicide.”

As far as Asian soybean rust being found in the Palmetto state, Phillips feels most producers are on top of the situation:

“Most are spraying as a preventative. I haven’t seen a lot of soybean rust myself, but I think most fields are being treated so we are really on top of the situation.”

Field Agronomist for DuPont Pioneer Kevin Phillips. For more Pioneer In the Field Reports click here. 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.