In North Carolina, excessive rainfall has severely damaged one of the largest wheat crops on record, and damage has come throughout the state. Test weights in the mid 40s are common and a good percentage of the crop remained in the field well into July.

“As late as May, this looked to be another bumper crop of wheat,” says Dan Weathington, executive director of the North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association.

“The rain just kept coming in most areas of the state, from the Piedmont to the Coast, and it really cut back both quality and yield of what could have been a really good crop,” he adds.

In South Carolina, Rast says he’s never seen anything close to the amount of rainfall he’s seen this year. “We are growing several large kernel peanut varieties, like Spain, and these need calcium to grow the kernel in the pod,” he says.

First problem is that most growers store their gypsum, which provides the calcium needed for large kernel, Virginia type peanuts in large piles outside with little or no protection from the weather.

Typically a grower takes gypsum from the pile and applies it to his peanut crop.

This year, in a lot of cases the gypsum is under water and at best, water-logged and not usable. “Even if it were available, there would be no way to get into the field to apply it,” Rast adds.

He is applying liquid calcium through his irrigation pivots on some of his peanut land, but as of late July, he couldn’t get his pivots into the field. “We literally had to wait for the ground to dry out enough to use our irrigation pivots to put calcium out on flooded land,” the South Carolina grower adds.

A little farther south from Rast’s farm in Cameron, S.C., Bud Bowers says his cotton crop will likely turn out to be a disaster. “Our best hope is for crop insurance to step up and help us at least be in a position to survive. We will likely have to get out some of our cotton that is already booked, and that’s going to be expensive,” he adds.

“We got all of our cotton planted, but some of it didn’t come up. We tried to get in to spray and fertilize the crop, and we just couldn’t get in the field.

“We tried to apply what we could by air, but the aerial applicators are just inundated and can’t keep up with the demand for spraying, Bowers says.

He says all of his peanuts are planted, but yellow and in many cases not inoculated properly. “There is not much hope we will produce much of a crop this year,” he adds.