What is in this article?:
- April tornadoes change upper Southeast cropping plans
- Timely planting not an option
- Early maturing varieties
- Cotton is natural benefactor
• Huge jumps in cotton acreage are expected in both North Carolina and Virginia and the big storm system may have increased the amount of cotton that will be planted.
• Corn planting was already delayed in most of North Carolina and was just beginning in southeast Virginia.
• Wheat was little-affected by the storm, other than from debris that littered fields from the southern end of North Carolina and through the Tidewater area of Virginia.
Cotton is natural benefactor
Cotton is a natural benefactor of reduced corn, but seed supply may dissuade farmers from planting it. Soybean seed appears to be in good supply.
“I haven’t heard anything about soybean seed shortages. If growers decide to plant soybeans, instead of late-planted corn, I think there will be an adequate seed supply,” Hall says.
Late planted beans, planted behind wheat should not be significantly affected. North Carolina has nearly 700,000 acres of wheat planted and a lot of that crop was targeted to have soybeans planted behind it.
How much, if any, the slow-go on wheat harvest will have on getting double-crop soybeans planted isn’t certain.
Clearly, a lot of decisions on what to plant and when to plant it will depend on how much time it takes to get debris out of fields and how soon growers were able to get back into their fields after the torrential downpours that accompanied the April storm system.