Recently, USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service released their planted acreage report, and for North Carolina there were a few surprises.
NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler says it was a surprise to see how many acres North Carolina farmers had planted to cotton, a 29% increase over a year ago.
Troxler says it’s a function of economics, prices are low and farmers are looking for crops with the lowest cost inputs and the highest rate of return per acre. Of course, any increase in acreage means there’s a decrease somewhere else, that would be corn and sweet potatoes. For sweet potato’s 15% drop in acreage is the first decline since 2014, and Troxler feels the market in saturated.