The N.C. peanut yield is forecast to come in at 3,800 pounds per acre, according to the November Crop Report from the N.C. Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. That is a record yield for peanuts in the state, beating the 2009 record by 100 pounds. The survey that the data is based upon was completed Nov. 1 and released Nov. 9.
Peanut production is forecast at 402.8 million pounds, up 38% from 2011's production. Harvested acres are expected to come in at 106,000 acres, up 25,000 acres from 2011.
But when you're on a roll, why stop there? N.C. producers are also forecast to set a record in soybean yield this year, growing an estimated 36 bu. per acre, says the report. That is an increase of 2 bushels per acre, compared to the 34 bu. per acre record set in 2009.
Production is forecast to total 55.4 million bushels, up 34% from last year. Harvested acres are expected to come in at 1.54 million acres, upping 2011 production by 180,000 acres.
The state has been receiving good moisture in recent months, which accounts for some of the increase. In October the state received more than normal precipitation and temperatures were above average for most of the month.
Corn and cotton were not able to capitalize as much on the weather, although yields are good for those crops, too. Still, they are not record setting. Corn yield is forecast at 120 bushels per acre, unchanged from the forecast that came in on Oct. 1. That yield is well above the 10-year average of 104 bushels per acre, however. Production is forecast to total 93.6 million bushels, 37% more than last year's production of 68.5 million bushels. That production came from fewer acres, too. Harvested corn acres are forecast at 780,000 acres, down 35,000 acres from 2011.
Cotton yield is forecast at 910 pounds per acre, unchanged from the Oct. 1 forecast, but well ahead of the 10-year average of 741 pounds per acre. Production is expected to come in at 1.1 million bales, up 7% from last year. Harvested acres are expected to come in at 580,000 acres, compared with 800,00 acres in 2011.