Suggested Cut-on Times for NC Growers Using Sprinkler Irrigation (2:17pm, Sat., 3/28/15)
I know that many of you are scrambling about getting things ready for tonight’s cold event. For those of you who will be using sprinkler irrigation without a row cover, it is important to initiate sprinkling before the wet bulb temperature drops below 31 F.
In Table 1 you can find the hour when the wet bulb will reach 31 F this evening, or tomorrow morning, depending on your location in NC.
When you click on the town/city closest to your farm be sure to confirm that this is the correct hour when wet bulb will reach 31 F according to AWIS.
Since I did this at about 2 p.m., it is important that you click on the town/city (nearest your farm) to be sure that I have indicated the correct hour, as conditions can still change today! This is a live link.
On your live link, BE SURE TO STUDY THE HOUR WHEN THE WET BULB WILL REACH 31/32 TOMORROW MORNING. DO NOT STOP RUNNING UNTIL YOU HAVE REACHED A WET BULB OF 31/32 TOMORROW MORNING, and also be sure ice is nicely melting.
I will not be posting morning cut-off times as you now know how to determine this yourself!
I was not able to display the last column fully in Table 1, so just look at the second AWIS table below to confirm the correct city/town! Hopefully, computer services can show me how to compress this table a little better for next time (though, I don’t think any of us are interested in experiencing another hard freeze event this season in the pre-blossom/blossom period)
|Table 1.||Cut-on time for sprinkling on 3/28 (PM), OR Sunday morning (AM);|
|(be sure to click on the live city/town link to confirm that this is the correct info.)|
|8:00 p.m.||Ahoskie-Tri-Cou||10:00 p.m.||Albemarle_AP||10:30 p.m.||Andrews||8:00 p.m.||Asheboro|
|5:00 p.m.||Asheville_Munic||1:00 a.m.||Beaufort-Michae||na||Boone_NC||7:30 p.m.||Burlington-Burl|
|4:30 a.m.||Cape_Hatteras_AG||7:30 p.m.||Chapel_Hill-Hor||9:00 p.m.||Charlotte||11:00 p.m.||Cherry_Point|
|Midnight||Clinton_NC||9:00 p.m.||Concord_NC||6:00 p.m.||Currituck_NC||9:00 p.m.||Edenton-Northea|
|8:00 p.m.||Elizabeth_City||11:00 p.m.||Elizabethtown_NC||10:00 p.m.||Erwin-Harnett_C||11:00 p.m.||Fayetteville_AP|
|Midnight||Fort_Bragg/Simm||6:00 p.m.||Franklin/Macon_C||9:00 p.m.||Gastonia-Gaston||10:30 p.m.||Goldsboro_AFB|
|10:00 p.m.||Goldsboro_NC||6:00 p.m.||Greensboro||10:00 p.m.||Greenville_AP_NC||6:00 p.m.||Hickory|
|1:00 a.m.||Jacksonville||9:00 p.m.||Jacksonville_(A||na||Jefferson_AP_NC||10:00 p.m.||Kenansville-Dup|
|6:00 p.m.||Kill_Devil_Hills||10:00 p.m.||Kinston_AP||7:00 p.m.||Lexington-David||8:00 p.m.||Lincolnton_AP|
|6:00 p.m.||Louisburg_NC||Midnight||Lumberton_AP_NC||10:30 p.m.||Mackall_AAF||10:00 p.m.||Manteo/Dare_Co|
|11:00 p.m.||Maxton||11:00 p.m.||Mcalf_Bogue_Fiel||10:00 p.m.||Monroe_AP_NC||7:00 p.m.||Morganton-Morga|
|6:30 p.m.||Mount_Airy-Moun||1:00 a.m.||New_Bern||5:30 p.m.||North_Wilkesbor||6:30 p.m.||Oxford_NC|
|5:00 a.m.||Piney_Island_Bom||11:00 p.m.||Pope_AFB||8:00 p.m.||Raleigh-Durham||6:30 p.m.||Reidsville_AP|
|na||Roanoke_Rap_AP||8:00 p.m.||Roanoke_Rapids_R||11:00 p.m.||Rockingham_NC||7:30 p.m.||Rocky_Mount-Wils|
|6:00 p.m.||Roxboro_AP||8:00 p.m.||Rutherfordton||8:00 p.m.||Salisbury-Rowan||9:00 p.m.||Sanford_NC|
|10:00 p.m.||Shelby_AP_NC||10:00 p.m.||Smithfield_AP||10:00 p.m.||Southern_Pines||1:00 a.m.||Southport_NC|
|7:00 p.m.||Statesville-Sta||10:00 p.m.||Tarboro_AP||10:00 p.m.||Wadesboro_AP||11:00 p.m.||Washington-Warr|
|1:00 a.m.||Whiteville_NC||3:00 a.m.||Wilmington_AP_NC||8:00 p.m.||Winston-Salem|
Table 2. Full listing of NC Cities and Towns
Dr. E. Barclay Poling
Raleigh, NC 27695-7609
Sidney J. Harris, In: Reclaiming a Lost Heritage – Land-Grant & Other Higher Education Initiatives for the Twenty-first Century