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Winter Struggles are Hopefully Behind Us

There won’t be many folks that will be sorry to see February go with the promise of warmer, dry days ahead.  Don Nicholson, Region 7 field agronomist with North Carolina Department of Agriculture says it’s been a trying winter for producers in the central part of the state:

“The wheat has been sitting in water all winter long. We almost missed the opportunity to split the nitrogen. We like to get 20-30 pounds to the wheat in January. Its been just as wet as I’ve ever seen it. Many people are just waiting to see when they can go ahead and get some nitrogen on the wheat.

We have also gotten a lot of snow and ice and its like slow release nitrogen-it was slow release water and right behind it came rain. This week we had some sunshine and just enough wind to start to dry things off on top. In the last 24 hours we’ve had people out doing some burn down sprays or putting some nitrogen on the wheat.

Its decent looking for strawberry growers. Some of the cold injury make the berries look bad, but I’ve cut in to them looking at the crown and there is some injury but not as much as I thought. We had some good cold weather in December to put the strawberries to sleep, and lately we have had sunshine and warmer temperatures. The new foliage coming out is looking good and growers need to do a good job about cleaning the old dead tissue off and get on a good spray program to keep from getting disease on the berries.

Seems like we still have cold weather coming up, but over the next few weeks they will be putting nitrogen on the berries and getting them going.”'

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.