Fruit and vegetables in the Carolinas suffered some seriously cold weather this winter, including the unexpected cold snap in mid-April, but sources tell Southeast Farm Press that most came through well.
“Some greenhouse operators waited five to 10 days later than normal to seed because of the price of LP gas. Since then we have had a lot of cold nights and cool days. Now we are probably a week behind overall on seeding date and another week behind in growth in the greenhouse.”
The weather was grim but the turnout was great at the Southern Farm Show Feb 5, 6 and 7 in Raleigh, N.C., with farmers―mostly from the Carolinas and Virginia―coming to see what is available in 2014 to help produce farm commodities.
McCall Farms purchased a major producer of yams, creating promise for more sweet potato plantings in South Carolina, plus Birdsong will operate a new peanut buying point in Darlington, S.C., for the first time.