The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


December 16, 2013

2012 cotton harvest best in county history

TARBORO — While the 2013 cotton harvest is not yet complete, producers will have to have all their stars in alignment to better the 2012 results, which were the best in Edgecombe County history with an average of two-plus bales per acre overall.

Thursday morning, at the 36th Annual Farm-City Breakfast, County Extension Agent Art Bradley recognized the county’s top producers in cotton and peanut production.

In cotton production, Division 1, Ashley Taylor, Sr. and Ashley Taylor, Jr. produced 1552.4 pounds per acre on 12.9 acres. In Division II, Brad and Phil Bulluck produced 1,138.1 pounds per acre on 558 acres while in Division III, Rest-A-Bit Farms produced 1,144.7 pounds per acre on 1,835.6 acres.

Rest-A-Bit Farms also claimed the peanut production award with producing 4,442.05 pounds per acre on 415.3 acres.

Keynote speaker was Larry Wooten, president of the North Carolina Farm Bureau, who spoke on the opportunities awaiting agriculture and the hurdles to overcome.  By 2050, agricultural output will need to increase by 100 percent and 70 percent of that increase will be a result of technology

In addition,  Ruth Cherry was recognized for being inducted into the North Carolina Extension and Community Association Hall of Fame for her 72 years of service in the Edgecombe County Extension and Community Association.

Attendees also marked the passing of Joe Perry, retired County Extension Director.  Perry’s family is establishing an endowment in his honor to provide a scholarship for a student to attend the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University.

At the meeting, 4-H youth were recognized for their efforts in state level livestock projects and placings in the state 4-H shooting sports competition.




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