November rainfall was minimal in the Tarheel state, notes the National Agricultural Statistics Service in its Monthly Farm Report, released Dec. 28 by its N.C. Field Office. The agency points out that heading into December the state continued to have counties with moderate drought, according to the N.C. Drought Management Advisory Council.
Temperatures were low at the beginning of the month but by the end of the month were about normal for the year.
The 2010 cotton yield for North Carolina on Dec. 1 was put at 854 pounds per acre. That is down significantly from the record 990 pounds per acre scored in 2009, notes the NASS report.
However, year to date cotton ginnings were up slightly this year at 888,100 running bales ginned, compared to the slightly less than 800,000 bales of 2009-2010.
The report put the wage rates for hired field workers at $9.01 per hour in the Appalachian I region (N.C. and Va.) compared to $8.67 in 2009. Livestock hourly wages were $9.99 in 2010, up significantly from $9.15 per hour in 2009. All hired workers, including supervisory and other workers were also up in 2010 at $9.70 per hour, compared to $9.55 in 2009. (All numbers are reported from Oct.10-16, 2010, statistics and the comparable time period in 2009.)
The number of hired workers was up in the report. There were approximately 35,000 workers employed in the 2010 time frame, compared to 31,000 in 2009.
November Preliminary Prices Received were $5.48 per bu. for corn, 70.7 cents per pound for cotton, 23.5 cents per pound for peanuts, and $6.02 per bu. for wheat.
Hogs prices came in during November for $47.30 per hundredweight.
The report noted that in the North and South Atlantic Region turkey eggs in incubators on Nov. 1, 2010 totaled 9,492,000, up 12% from the 8,502,000 eggs reported on Nov. 1, 2009. Poults hatched during Oct. 2010 were down 2% compared to the same period in 2009.
For more information download the complete PDF report at http://www.ncagr.gov/stats/latest.htm by linking to "December Farm Report."