North Carolina is a major producer of sweet potatoes, tobacco, cotton, peanuts, and even cucumbers. ENC farmers prepare to plant their seeds and use a variety of tools to do so. Soil moisture and health are, of course, one of the important components to a successful crop yield. If you were monitoring in January, most of ENC saw slight to moderate drought conditions across the region to start off the year. Drought conditions have improved gradually since then, and after an unusually dry March, April has brought some much-needed rainfall to ENC.
Easter weekend, in particular, brought a good (but cold) soaking rainfall that really pulled most of us out of slight drought conditions, as seen in the latest drought report on April 13, 2023. Craven County saw some of the highest totals, with some local reports nearing 4 inches of rainfall from Friday to Sunday. At the airports, we saw anywhere from 2.61" of rainfall in Beaufort to 3.66" at EWN. In New Bern, this is the wettest start to the month since July 2022!