Sweet potato harvest, small grain planting going well in NC this fall

Nov. 8, 2022 - The latest crop progress report from the North Carolina Field Office of the USDA's National Agricultural Statistic Service indicates farmers in the Tarheel State are doing well with planting small grains this fall. As of Monday, November 7, farmers had 75% of barley in the ground, which is well ahead of the 5-year average. Fifty-eight percent of oats and 54 percent of winter wheat was also planted, which is within the average range over the past five years.

Topsoil moisture as of November 7 was lacking, with 39% of the state rated as short and 8% of NC rated as very short.

Harvest continues at a brisk pace with 71% of cotton off the field. Harvest for burley tobacco was at 91% and harvest for sweet potatoes stood at 90%. The largest producer of sweet potatoes in the United States is North Carolina.

Soybeans were 55% harvested as of Nov. 7.

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