North Carolina's Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler says that for the first time in over three years NC producers are planning on planting more cotton in 2010, 44% more, in fact. Peanut acerage also is forecast to increase this year with farmers saying they'll plant 80,000 acres this year, a 19% increase over last year.
It appears that the "bridesmaid" of 2010 will be soybeans and tobacco. Fewer tobacco contracts were offered this winter, and soybean acres will be moving over to cotton.
One crop that appears to be staying the same is corn, with projected planted acres of 870,000, the same as the 2009 growing season.