Today’s Topic: N.C. farmers signal their 2011 planting intentions

By on April 12, 2011

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”

Southern Farm Network logoThis week Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda talk about what N.C. farmers will plant this year. Farmers in the state say they will plant more acres of cotton, sweet potatoes and wheat this year compared with 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Prospective Plantings report.

Cotton growers intend to plant 750,000 acres this year, a 36 percent increase over last year’s acreage and the most since 2006. The key behind the larger cotton acreage is higher prices for the commodity, Troxler says.

Acres of wheat and sweet potatoes also will see significant gains this year, according to the report.

Click below to hear Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda discuss which crops will see acreage increases and which will see a drop in acres, and why it’s likely all available cropland will be in use this year.

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