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Drought Continues to Wither N.C. Crops

Posted September 12, 2007

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— The ongoing drought and weeks of excessive heat in August continue to dry up crop production on North Carolina farms, according to a new report issued Wednesday.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's September crop report shows yields on several crops falling fbelow even the poor results of the August report.

“You look at this report, and it’s like someone put North Carolina in a frying pan,” state Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said in  a statement. “We have been seared.”

Soybean yields are projected at 22 bushels per acre, a drop of five bushels from a month ago. Yields are down 10 bushels per acre from 2006, and production is down 31 percent.

“We’re looking at the lowest yield on soybeans since 1983,” Troxler said.

Peanut yields are down 900 pounds per acre from last year. Production is projected to drop 21 percent, despite the fact that farmers planted 8,000 more acres of peanuts statewide this year.

The corn yield is at 89 bushels per acre in the latest report, down 43 bushels from last year.

“Some eastern counties have had just enough rain to make a good corn crop,” Troxler said. “If it weren’t for them, we’d probably be looking at an average yield of 50 to 60 bushels.”

Projected tobacco production has fallen from 360 million pounds a month ago to 336 million pounds, the report said. Although that is  an increase of about 2 percent from last year, the yield is projected at 1,991 pounds per acre, down 90 pounds per acre from last year.

Cotton yields are running 100 pounds per acre less than last year.

“Cotton is pretty resilient, but the longer we go without rain, the worse it will get,” Troxler said.

The September report does not contain information about hay, apples, peaches and grapes, all of which showed production losses in the August report.


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  • lizard Sep 13, 2007

    This is sure to starve the cows,, which I read in the science section cause global warming by pooting.

  • stephanie_a_m Sep 12, 2007

    Well, its very sad that our crops are failing, but we can all eat the nice green grass that grows in so many yards in Wake Co. thanks to selfish watering. YUMMMMMM... Grass. :\

  • gopanthers Sep 12, 2007

    Drought Continues to Wither N.C. Crops - Newsflash - Their DEAD!
    If they could poot I'm sure it would be dust!

  • shine Sep 12, 2007

    Most of the cotton I have seen down east looks like that old Texas Bumble Bee Cotton. There is no body to the plant - little bolls which show very little fruit.

  • mrtwinturbo Sep 12, 2007

    sww1rb what do you do with peahens ?

  • Adelinthe Sep 12, 2007

    All ours are done and gone, and we worked so hard on them, but at least we don't need the harvest to feed us like some farmers.

    Our chickens and peahens are sure wishing for rain though. It's so dusty it's even hard for them to find food. (Don't worry, we give them cracked corn every day.)

    Praying for all, and praying for appreciable rain in Wake County.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • the alliance Sep 12, 2007

    Suggestion....if you run tap in the house waiting for it to bring hot water, rather than allow it to go down the drain, bring in a large cup or and bucket to collect the water. Then you can take that bucket of water and water a bush or a tree or whatever with it. Thats good use. Keeps your greens happy and the city.

  • pinklady-1 Sep 12, 2007

    seriously...i hope that all the farmers that are affected by this can get some kind of gov't asst, due to the loss of their crops...

  • pinklady-1 Sep 12, 2007

    in other words, get ready to shell it out at the grocery store...