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South Carolina Sees Drier Week

South Carolina’s latest crop progress report for the week ended Sunday, July 28th states that the majority of the week was much drier for most of the state, however overcast mornings and scattered afternoon showers caused soils to remain too wet for producers to make much progress with field activities as they would have liked. Soil moisture levels are rated at 73% adequate and 27% surplus, yet there were more than 5 days suitable for fieldwork across the state. By the end of the week the entire corn crop had silked, with 92% of the crop doughed, slightly behind last year’s average of 97%. Some cotton fields are still too wet for fertilizer and pest control treatments, but 86% of the crop had squared compared to 93% last year. Boll setting continues behind normal at 26% compared to 46% on the five year average.

Rain Benefits Late-planted Gardens in North Carolina

In the latest crop report for North Carolina released by USDA there were almost 5 days suitable for field work in the state during the week ended July 28th, compared to 4.5 days the week before. Statewide soil moisture levels were rated at 4% short, 59% adequate and 37% surplus. Average temperatures were below normal with several areas recording average temperatures in the mid to high 70’s for the week. Dwayne Tate, NCDA Region 12 agronomist reports that heavy rains in isolated areas have further compromised tobacco and corn crops, while Joey Knight with Caswell County Extension reports that the peach crop had a lot of brown rot and decreased shelf life, but late planted gardens look great, and they are harvesting some of the sweet corn ever. Soybeans and corn crops look great as well.

New Report Highlights Importance of Immigration Reform to Ag

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has released a report that cites the need for immigration reform to benefit agriculture. Vilsack praised the Senate-passed comprehensive immigration reform bill and said it is now up to the House to pass a comprehensive measure or series of bills that would equate to comprehensive legislation. If the immigration system is not reformed – Vilsack said there will be reductions in agricultural production that will put the nation’s food security at risk over time. He also noted the broad coalition backing immigration reform – and said there is no excuse not to get it done.

Ag Biotech Industry Offering Answers to Public’s Questions About GMOs

The six largest agricultural biotechnology companies are coming together to launch an initiative aimed at providing accurate information and answering the toughest questions about genetically modified seeds – GMOs – and how our food is grown. GMO Answers is described as a new conversation, public Q&A and central online resource for information on GMOs, their background, use in agriculture and research and data in one easy-to-access public resource for the first time. For more information or to ask your questions – visit www dot GMOAnswers dot com ( 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.