Warmer weather and the fact that the Carolina-Virginia region received some helpful rains during the week ending May 6, helped push planting along for a number of valuable crops, according to the May 8, 2007, National Agricultural Statistics Service's Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin.
The NASS Crop Progress Report for the week put corn planting in the Tarheel State at 97% completed, compared to 88% the week before. In 2006, 96% of North Carolina's corn crop was completed by May 6. The 2002-2006 five-year-average for corn planted in N.C. is 89%.
North Carolina's progress seems especially good considering that many corn states are lagging their five-year-average for planting. In the top 18 corn producing states, 53% of corn plantings were completed by May 6, compared to the five-year-average mark of 63%.
North Carolina had 7% of soybeans planted by May 6. The five-year average of soybeans planted by May 6 in the Tarheel state is 8%. Across the 18 most productive soybean states, 10% of soybeans were planted by May 6, compared to the five-year average of 17%.
Cotton planting in the North Carolina was about on par with its five-year average. Thirty-nine percent of cotton was planted by May 6, compared to 37% planted on average between 2002-2006.
South Carolina was running behind in cotton planting, however, with only 12% planted compared to the state's five-year-average of 27%.
Virginia is also slightly behind in cotton planting this year, according to the report. The state had 42% of cotton planted by May 6 but the five-year-average for growers in the Commonwealth is to have 51% of cotton planted by that date.
In the top 15 cotton producing states, 32% of cotton was reported planted by May 6, compared to 51%, which is the five-year-average in those states.
Peanut planting is lagging nationally and in the region. Virginia had 15% of peanuts planted by May 6. According to the five-year-average it could be considered typical for the state to have 22% of peanuts planted by that date.
South Carolina had 11% of peanuts planted by May 6, compared to the 27% that has been the average of plantings over the most recent five years.
North Carolina only had 5% of peanuts planted by the date, compared to the 14% that it has averaged planting over the last five years by May 6.
In North Carolina the May 6 bulletin reported 89% of winter wheat had headed, ahead of the five-year-average of 81%. That is also better performance than in the 18-selected winter wheat states, which reportedly had 35% of winter wheat headed by May 6. Compare that figure to 43%, the five-year-average of wheat headed by this date in those 18 selected states.
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