Predicting yields while some crops are still in the field is ‘iffy’ at best.

But this year the consensus agreement is, that other than corn, virtually everything planted in the Upper Southeast will produce lower yields than the past two years.

The ‘root’ of the problem was literally a lack of root system, compounded by the inability of farmers to plant on time and to fertilize their crops on time. The results were inevitable and the bottom line impact of record rainfall throughout much of the cropping season will be an economic hurdle for those unfortunate to be in the heaviest hit areas.

In North Carolina, the largest agricultural state in the Upper Southeast, the impact was as predicted the most severe on cotton and soybeans. Both crops were planted late and got long stretches of cool, cloudy weather and persistent rains at just the wrong time.


The weather pattern that was wrong for most crops appears to have been good for corn. Traditionally planted early, most corn acres in the Carolinas, Virginia and the DelMarva region produced well.

North Carolina is typical of corn yields in the region. Final yield is projected to be 140 bushels per acre, an all-time record and up 8 bushels from the previous record year in 2006.

By comparison, the 2013 yield total of 140 bushels per acre is up 23 bushels per acre from last year’s crop.

In North Carolina, total corn production is projected to be 121.8 million bushels, up 27 percent from last year. Harvested acres are projected to be up about 50,000 acres and when all is said and done is expected to top 870,000 acres.