Crop Report for week of May 24, 2021
It has been as much as 5 weeks in some areas of Granville and Person counties without rain. Irrigation with tobacco is moving forward. Corn is under stress and soybeans are coming up and need moisture to survive. Insect counts on budworm moths and cutworm moths are up so be prepared in two weeks to scout your fields. You’re not alone – I have plots I have had planted that have not emerged yet…hoping for rain. I have seen some cereal leaf beetles on wheat but it would not be economical to spray. I am starting to see the invasive species Sugar Cane Aphid on sorghum, johnson grass, and other cane family species. Just a note about ponds – water levels have dropped and you may see some fish kill due to depleted oxygen in the water. This is a tough start to the growing year and we are working with it – one good issue is that commodity prices are strong and rain will be here maybe toward the end of the week!