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A month or so ago, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Market News Service began issuing a report designed to aid farmers with planning for production costs. Poultry and Grain Reporter for NCDA Market News Stephen Beasley compiles the weekly report:

“With the crop production report, we wanted to provide farmers a resource where they can go to find out what the price of fertilizer and diesel fuel is across the state. Currently we are doing six different soil amenities and diesel every week so they get a base price range of what it costs. We do an average and a range.”

Beasley explains where the idea for the report came from, and some of the uses of the information:

“The USDA had started doing this in other states and it got good response. Its designed to help the farmer with financial planning so they can predict how much money they will need for fertilizer and fuel. It should help insurers when there are accidents or stolen property.”

The report is released at 9:00 am each Friday, and plans are to have the information updated once a week year around:

“We will be doing it year round. The products we cover may change, we may add cotton seed or propane etc.”

And Beasley says not to be shy, if there’s information that a producer would like to have included in this report, let him know:

“My contact information is on the report. If anyone has questions, suggestions or comments please let me know. We are looking forward to hearing from them.”

Go to to find this report and all the other information that the NCDA Market News Service provides.

Grain & Poultry reporter for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture’s Market News Service, Stephen Beasley is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.