North Carolina's Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler says that the state's role in the recently released USDA crop progress reports was right in line with the national average. The hot, dry summer clearly is having an impact on corn. The commissioner says that the state's average is predicted to be 81 bushels per acre, which is 10 bushels fewer than last year.
As to soybeans, the forecast is 27 bushels, down 2 1/2 from the 10-year average, but higher than last year's yield of 26 bushels to the acre.
The cotton yield is also suffering with a forecast of 826 pounds per acres, which is 12 pounds less than last year, but ahead of the 10-year average of 756 pounds.
Peanuts are the bright spot in this year's forecast with a projected yield of 3,300 pounds, up 500 pounds from last year.
And tobacco production is forecast to be 369.8 million pounds, which is 6% better than last year.
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