Earlier this week, USDA released ag export numbers, by state, and North Carolina saw a significant increase in year over year according to Peter Thornton, Assistant Director for International Marketing for NCDA:
“We hit an all time record of $3.7 billion in exports, about one half billion more than we exported last year. Those numbers don’t include the forestry numbers which are another 1.5 billion.”
The export number for North Carolina in 2011 was $3.75 billion, a 10 to 12 percent increase over 2010 according to Thornton. Of the 20 commodities that USDA tracks, North Carolina saw an increase in 17 of those commodities.
For more from this latest report, including a map showing counties in the state with the most exports, click here to see more.
North Carolina Moisture Levels Dropping with Lack of Rain
In North Carolina’s latest crop progress report, no significant rainfall was reported across the state, leaving topsoil moisture levels short in many areas. 13% of the state reported moisture levels at very short, 36% short, and 51% adequate. Joey Knight, with Caswell County Extension, reported that the county is showing signs of moisture deficit, and that small grain crops need rain, as do pastures. Average temperatures across the state for most of the week were below normal and ranged from 38 to 48 degrees. Wheat is 54% emerged compared to 69% last year and 63% on the five year average. Cotton is 95% harvested, and soybeans are 80% harvested.
Annual NC Tobacco Day this Thursday
This Thursday is the annual Tobacco Day at the Johnston County Extension Center outside of Smithfield. This half-day event gets underway with registration at 8:00. Several speakers are lined up, including George Scott with Universal Leaf discussing Good Agricultural Practices, or GAP, as well as NC State Extension specialist, Dr. Mina Mila, Dr. Blake Brown, Dr. Loren Fisher to name a few. While the event is free, registration is requested for lunch preparations. For an online link to the registration page, click here.
In South Carolina markets on Tuesday
2 Yellow Corn was mostly 2 to 3 cents lower; one location 2 higher, 1 Yellow Soybeans were steady to 2 cents higher, 2 Red Wheat was steady to 3 cents lower, and New Crop US 2 Red Wheat was mixed; 3 cents lower to 1 cent higher. Corn at Country Elevators—7.26 at Kingstree; 7.32 at Lynchburg; 7.67 and *6.64 at Estill; Processors—7.66 at Orangeburg; 8.47 at Monetta; 8.21 and *6.83 at Sumter; and 7.66 at Cassett.
Soybeans at Country Elevators—13.80 at Anderson; 13.55 at Kingstree; 13.94 at Lynchburg; 13.65 at Orangeburg; 14.16 at Estill; Processors—14.31 at Kershaw.
Wheat at Country Elevators—*8.16 at Anderson; 7.26 at Kingstree; *7.67 at Lynchburg; 7.39 and *7.91 at Estill Processors—*7.88 at Sumter 2; 7.75 at Columbia.