Field Crops 2015
The final numbers are in for North Carolina crop production in 2015. Yields are down from recent years, and in some cases, even below the 10-year averages. Dry spring and summer conditions during critical stages of development and prolonged wet conditions later in the fall hit field crops hard. Most crops, therefore, dealt with major quality problems on top of reduced yields. Low commodity prices in 2015 only deepened the financial impact on row crop farms. Cotton yields, for example, averaged only 686 pounds per acre resulting in basically a 50 percent reduction in total lint production from 2014. With back to back years of cotton prices in the 60-65 cent range, many producers did well to break even, and many were not able to cover their variable costs, especially after quality discounts. Sweet potatoes were also impacted negatively by the weather, but not to the extent as some other crops. However, quality problems did surface due to soggy fields at harvest.
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