Crop Progress: North Carolina Farmers Did Their Best

September 24, 2018 05:11 PM
In their Monday crop progress report, USDA noted what farmers know well, harvest continues throughout farm country.

In their Monday crop progress report, USDA noted what farmers know well, harvest continues throughout farm country. In fact, 16% of corn and 9% of soybeans are harvested. Many North Carolina farmers rushing to harvest prior to Hurricane Florence’s arrival did just that.

Illinois farmers lead the pack in corn harvest, with 28% of the state’s crop out of the field. That’s 15 percentage points ahead of the five-year-average. Colorado corn harvest is lagging. Only 1% of the crop has been harvested there, compared to the five-year-average of 4%.

It appears farmers in North Carolina got as much corn out of the field as they could prior to Hurricane Florence making landfall last week. Seventy-six percent of the state’s corn crop is harvest, despite farmers there only having 2.7 days of weather suitable for field work. Unfortunately, many of their soybeans were left in the field to weather the storm.

Farmers there have only harvested 4% of their soybeans. While that’s on track with their five-year-average of 3%, it’s unclear at this point how those beans will survive the wind and flooding experiences by many in the area.  

In total, farmers have harvested 14% of the nation’s soybean crop. As anticipated, Louisiana producers have harvested the most soybeans, at 66%. North Dakota is harvesting the fastest compared to their five-year-average. USDA reports 21% of their soybeans are harvested, compared to the 8% average.

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Spell Check

Clinton, NC
9/25/2018 09:36 PM

  Well Anna someone should have researched N.C. cropping sequence . Corn is always harvested first here in the tarheel state, and normally starts the first of August an winds up in September. This year was a little early an started in July. personally I was through with harvest on August 31, with most of my neighbors finishing 2 weeks later . Of that 6 weeks there was 5 weeks of harvest weather, so everyone should of been through, but you always have the laggarts bringing up the rear finishing somewhere around Christmas. Beans are harvested second with some guys planting a few late 3's an 4's an having to have 2 combines to havest both corn and beans at the same time. Most operations plant late 5's and 6's which gives them a break between crops. As far as hurricane losses only beans which are submerged under water will be a loss. Partial submerging of the plant for a short period will hurt small young beans but fully mature beans can take a lot of punishment with little to no yield loss or quality loss.I know that most ag journalist think the USDA has a handle on what is happening on the farm they are usually 2 weeks behind the actual pace of harvest here in the southeast we were probably closer to 95% finshed with corn before Florence hit. If you ever think you need some sound information for an article about this part of the country feel free to give me a ringout. I'm not real fast but I get there. Everyone out there have a safe an plentiful harvest.


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