North Carolina: An “Up” Year Mostly Projected, Yield-Wise

North Carolinas are on track for a mostly “up” year, based on the last monthly Agricultural Yield Survey. Of the four main field crops – cotton, soybeans, corn and peanuts – yields will be up for three. Peanut yields, on the other hand, will dip slightly.

Here are summary numbers.

Cotton:

  • Yield is forecast at 912 pounds per acre, up 100 pounds from last year’s yield of 812 pounds per acre.
  • Production is forecast at 940,000 bales, up 34% from last year’s production of 702,000 bales.
  • Harvested acres are expected to total 495,000 acres compared with 415,000 acres harvested in 2018.

Soybeans:

  • Yield is forecast to average 38 bushels per acre, up 4 bushels from last year’s yield of 34 bushels.
  • Production is forecast to total 58.1 million bushels, up 9% from last year’s production of 53.4 million bushels.
  • Harvested acres are projected at 1.53 million acres, down 40,000 acres from last year.

Corn:

  • Yield is forecast at 110 bushels per acre, down 3 bushels from last year’s yield of 113 bushels per acre.
  • Production is forecast to total 97.9 million bushels, up 4% from the 93.8 million bushels produced last year.
  • Harvested acres are forecast at 890,000, up from 830,000 acres harvested in 2018.

Peanuts:

  • Yield per acre is forecast at 3,800 pounds, down 100 pounds per acre from last year’s estimate.
  • Production is forecast at 372.4 million pounds, down 3% from last year’s production of 382.2 million.
  • Harvested acres are projected at 98,000 acres, are unchanged from 2018.

To read the full report – including summaries on tobacco and wheat – click here to download the non-mobile-friendly PDF document.

 


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