We are going to have wheat here this year. We have been having showers nothing large but showers and this year the heads look very good. First crop for some farms in 2 years. It'll probably be early but won't speculate on when. Cattle are starting to trickle back into this area so theres a lot of optomism that the long dry spell may be broken.
A lot of wheat is growing in Easten NC. It is thick, has headed out, and seems to be short. The heads are look smaller than usual. I am not very knowledgeable about wheat, but the local wheat is taller which means more straw at least. Eastern NC is very dry too and got very lottle rain over the weekend. I saw a few growers out planting and working land yesterday on the way home from the coast. They were producing a fair amount of dust.
A few tobacco fields were planted, but a lot of ground has been prepared and lies in waiting.
Here's something to think about Mike. Last year my renter planted half his beans on my property about this time of year, then the rains hit.
The back field didn't dry up enough until the end of June, first of July, so he could get the rest planted. The beans he planted early had the
best foliage I had seen for soybeans around here for years. The late beans didn't grow near as tall or leafy, but he said he got a third better
yield from the late planted beans over the early ones, and they were the same seed lot. Even though we got pretty dry here after the middle of Aug. :?
Right now the wheat here is coming in bud. Yesterday, when I was coming, in I noticed rows of corn poping through the ground. It was planted exactly two weeks ago tomorrow.
Just found out about an hour ago one of the producers is running some test cuts this afternoon. Am sure the moisture will be way high. Definately its the earliest i can remember. Most of the wheats 2-3 weeks from being ready. The combines are definately starting to trickle in
An uncommon early May freeze in the middle of KY last night with a low of 29 degrees.
There has been only four times it has gotten below 32 in my part of KY in my 60 years according to the local weather gurus.
May 10 1966, May 9 1976, May 7 2002 and this morning. Which set a new record low...
This article was in a local paper this morning. Here in flue cured tobacco country the amount grown has decreased rapidly over the last few years. Bulk barns and specialized tobacco equipment rust away. We grew our last crop in 2004 , the year the buyout was approved. We sold carryover 2004...
This article with pics was in a local paper yesterday. The pick-your-own operations are facing real problems unless they can adapt to current situations. A local blueberry farmer I know has already decided not to open his farm this year...
I picked up a little over 100LBS of pecans this year with about 5 LBS more to go. I have 5 trees and I got about 90% from 1 tree 9% from another one and the other 3 trees didn't do hardly anything. The second tree is a harder shell and much larger than the other 4, but what is lacked in quanity...
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