South Carolina’s Drought Concentrated in the Upstate
South Carolina’s abnormally dry conditions improved slightly this week as reported in the latest Drought Monitor released by The Drought Mitigation Center for conditions through Tuesday morning. The area of the state experiencing abnormally dry conditions improved from 30.67% to 26.38%, the area of moderate drought increased, however, from just over 8% to just over 14%, and the area of severe drought remained the same at 1.45%. All of the Midlands and the Lowcountry are drought free, with the exception of the far southern coastal counties.
North Carolina’s Abnormally Dry Conditions Improve
In the latest drought monitor released by The Drought Mitigation Center for conditions through Tuesday morning, North Carolina saw improvement in abnormally dry conditions, receding from east to west. The area of abnormally dry is now 33.84%, down from just over 47% last week. However, the area of moderate drought increased from just over 15% last week to more than 17.5% this week, and the area of severe drought remains the same at just under 1%. Most of the Piedmont and all of the Coastal Plain are drought free.
Judge Allows Syngenta Corn Case to Continue as Class Action Suit
A federal judge in Kansas has allowed a lawsuit filed by farmers against Syngenta to move forward as a class action lawsuit. Farmers from the U.S. sued Syngenta in 2014 after grain shipments to China were rejected because of an unapproved genetically engineered trait was found. The trait, Syngenta’s Agrisure Viptera, was unapproved for import by China. Farmers who did not plant Viptera corn claimed they suffered losses when the rejections disrupted trade and dragged down corn prices. It is estimated by the plaintiffs that U.S. corn producers lost between $5-7 billion in current and future revenue because China stopped importing U.S. corn at the time.
Sanderson Farms New Facilities Not Hurting For Applicants
More than 4,000 people have applied to work at Sanderson Farms’ hatchery and processing plant in Robeson County, N.C., as the facilities gear up for operation, the Robesonian newspaper reported.
The Lumberton, N.C., hatchery is scheduled to open in three weeks and the St. Pauls processing plant will start full production the first week of January. The Robeson County facility is Sanderson’s second attempt to add a second facility in the Tar Heel State. They originally chose an area on the Nash/Wilson County line that was shunned by area residents.