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The largest local tobacco grower, whose crop was shown in the harvesting pics I posted a few weeks ago, has planted many acres of wheat where tobacco was grown this year. The wheat was planted 4 to 6 weeks ago. You can see from the pics how dry it was then and now. It was very dry when planted and is only drier now. We had the driest November on record, and December is gonna be the same if we don't get some rain soon.


He also grows several acres of strawberries. They are looking good, but as you can see, they are getting water.


 

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Seems late in the season in the Northern Hemisphere, to be growing strawberries :?:
 

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Seems late in the season in the Northern Hemisphere, to be growing strawberries :?:
They are planted in the early fall, overwinter, and produce a crop in the spring. If winter is too warm, they will begin to bloom way to early, and frost is a huge concern. The strawberry growers plant varieties that only produce one crop. New plants will be planted for the next crop.
 

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Strawberries are looking real good,guess the watering of them is
bringing them alomg real good.Lastweekend we had 3inches & 2/10th.
That gave us a real good moisture boost for our area.
 

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In today's Winston-Salem journal:

.Dry conditions continue in Carolinas

David Rolfe/Journal

The lack of rain this year has affected crops throughout North Carolina.


Dry conditions continue in Carolinas Associated Press |

Conditions are dry across the Carolinas, and there may not be much relief in sight.

In North Carolina, 16 counties are reporting abnormally dry conditions. Drought conditions are moderate across more than half of North Carolina, primarily in the central part of the state.

Without adequate winter rainfall, there could be bigger problems in store next spring and summer, officials say.

Forsyth County has experienced moderate drought conditions since experiencing an abnormally dry November.

In North Carolina, moderate drought conditions extend from the Blue Ridge to the Fall Line. Only the coastal plains are not experiencing dry conditions in North Carolina.

November was the seventh-driest month on record in terms of statewide average rainfall since 1895, North Carolina state climatologist Ryan Boyles said. He also pointed out that the state typically recharges its water supplies in winter because usage decreases.

There haven't been reports of public water supplies being affected, but Tom Reeder, director of the N.C. Division of Water Resources, said that water levels were lower.

The conditions aren't a surprise. North Carolina has experienced some form of drought during the fall in seven of the past 10 years, according to state officials.

Rain is forecast throughout North Carolina and South Carolina today, but conditions are set to dry out throughout the upcoming week. Crop conditions throughout both states were slightly dry but not in dangerous territory, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

But there have been some positive effects from the dry weather. Dry conditions meant brighter foliage throughout the Carolinas this fall.

Most of South Carolina is now in moderate or severe drought, and all of the state's 46 counties are now in some drought stage, according to the state agency that monitors the conditions. On Tuesday, the South Carolina Drought Response Committee upgraded the drought status in every county by one level. Conditions were most dire in 12 of the state's western counties, where the drought was determined to be severe. The middle of the state was in moderate drought, while the eastern and coastal areas were the least severe.

The last time this many South Carolina counties were in severe drought was winter 2008, according to state climatologist Hope Mizzell. Most places in severe drought have received less than half of normal rainfall amounts over the last two months, she said.

In South Carolina, officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said water releases from the Thurmond Dam had been cut and may be further reduced to keep reservoirs from getting too low.

South Carolina forestry officials said they were worried the drought could mean a very active wildfire season, as brush and trees continue to dry o
 
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