Crop Update for April 16, 2021

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Wow! lots of activity going on – farmers are planting corn, setting tobacco plants, tending greenhouses, putting on fertilizer, and tilling the soil all in this week’s activities. Again, looking at greenhouses, some are clean from disease some are not with target spot. Tobacco budworm moth counts are on the rise again. I wrote earlier in the week that it seems like the moths are on the rise, so keep an eye out on young seedlings for cutworms; the moth counts are on the rise. If warm weather continues it will not be long for soybeans – many people are already doing burndowns on fields, preparing to plant when the weather is right! Early planting has its pluses, one being more growing degree days, missing bad insect issues in August because corn is further along – same for soybeans, plus chances of catching moisture is better in most years.

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Gary Cross, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionGary CrossArea Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops Call Gary Email Gary N.C. Cooperative Extension, Granville County Center
Posted on Apr 14, 2021
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