Hot Weather Takes Its Toll On Crops

The effects of August's extreme heat on North Carolina crops are painfully clear in the September U.S. Department of Agriculture crop production report.

Soybean yields are down to the lowest since 1983, with production down 31 percent. Also falling prey to the perilously dry conditions: Irish potatoes, peanuts, corn and tobacco.

Cotton is proving pretty resilient, but agriculture experts say the longer we go without rain, the worse it will get. Updates for hay and apples will be out in October.


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