Important Crops Ahead of Pace in Carolinas, Virginia

Corn, cotton and soybeans progressing nicely.

Published on: Oct 1, 2007

It remains dry in the Carolinas and Virginia but farmers can be thankful for the fact that crops seem to be doing well, in spite of the fact.

According to the Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin, released Sept, 25 by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, 78% of the topsoil in the state was either short or very short of moisture. Although there have been a few scattered showers recently (during the week of the NASS report Wilmington received the most moisture with nearly 2 inches) only 22% of the land was rated to have adequate moisture. Zero percent was rated as having a surplus.

South Carolina may be faring even worse. Eighty-one percent of the state was very short or short of water according to the NASS report. Only 19% of topsoil had adequate moisture and zero percent had surplus moisture.

In Virginia NASS reported topsoil moisture was "generally very short."

In North Carolina corn harvest was running smoothly, however. Corn was 83% harvested on Sept. 23 in the Tarheel State, 22% ahead of the same time last year and 19% ahead of the 2002-2006 average.

Cotton was progressing nearly as well. Ninety-three percent of bolls were open in North Carolina on Sept. 23. That was 21% ahead of Sept. 23, 2006 and 17% ahead of the five-year average.

Cotton bolls in South Carolina were 72% open by Sept. 23, compared to 73% during the same period a year earlier. That was 12% farther along than the five-year average for the state, however.

In Virginia 94% of cotton bolls had opened by Sept. 23, 4% of the same time last year and 17% ahead of the Commonwealth's five-year average

Cotton harvest is just getting underway in all three states.

North Carolina is among the 18 states that planted 96% of the 2006 soybean acreage. The percent of soybeans dropping leaves was 28% on Sept. 23, slightly ahead of the pace in 2005 and over the five-year average.