ArcGIS Desktop 10.6.1
I am trying to load long text (>255 characters) into my GIS data. The destination field (let's call it "Field Alpha") is a string field with a length of 2000 characters, in a feature class in an enterprise GDB.
My source data is from an Excel file. Let's call the source long text field "Field Bravo".
I intend to load the long text data by joining a table (Excel document or GDB table) to the feature class, and then using field calculator to populate Field Alpha from Field Bravo.
However, no matter how I go about it, when I get the data into ArcGIS it converts to BLOB. If I simply add the Excel doc to an MXD, Field Bravo shows up as BLOB. If I try to import the Excel document into a new geodatabase table (in a separate, file Geodatabase), it will import as BLOB, even if I stipulate in the import that the field is "Text" and designate a length longer than 255.
Is there any way to import text longer than 255 characters into ArcGIS 10.6.1?