2019 Crop Year
The 2019 Crop Year was dry and yield reducing. Crop producers actually had two very dry periods in the month of May in which many soybeans were replanted due to lack of moisture and beans swelling and dying. Some corn was replanted in May also. The last two weeks of August until the last week in October had a very dry spell or drought. In the later drought, soybeans did not grow in size in the pods, tobacco lost weight and some curing issues. Hemp did okay as it likes dry weather. There were armyworms and other insects toward the end of the season. Disease will set in on hemp due to poor genetics and plant weakness. Later-planted corn seemed to do well and hit some rain patterns. Producers the year before had too much water; this year not enough water. We are still not totally out of drought for 2019.