North Carolina farmers enjoyed record year in 2012

From staff reportsJanuary 11, 2013 

— North Carolina farmers had a record year last year, in part because of favorable weather conditions.

Farmers produced record yields per acre of cotton, peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes, according to data released Friday by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Soybean and peanut farmers reported a 49 percent increase in per-acre production compared to last year.

Tobacco and corn growers also reported above-average yields per acre. The 95.9 million bushels of corn produced in 2012 marked a 40 percent increase from 2011.

The 2012 growing season was notable for moderate rainfall and a lack of drought conditions.

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