Agriculture and Forestry

#1 Best Place To Farm in the U.S. — Sampson County, NC
Farm Futures, September 2005

Sampson County Census of Agriculture (2007)
Number of Farms 1,203
Total Area in County - Acres 604,599
Total Land in Farming - Acres 321,454
Average Farm Size - Acres 267
Harvested Cropland - Acres 187,087
Average Age of Farmers 56
Average Value of Farm and Buildings $998,921
Average Market Value of All Machinery and Equipment $148,397
Average Farm Production Expenses $790,206
Sampson County Farm Income Estimates (2004)
Field Crops $65,220,273
Vegetables and Berries $45,248,399
Fruits and Nuts $65,314
Nursery and Greenhouse $2,300,000
Forestry $10,000
Livestock $482,274,800
  • Hogs $465,852,000
  • Beef cattle $16,041,100
  • Dairy cattle $298,850
  • Sheep $1,050
  • Lambs $8,800
  • Other livestock $73,000
Total Livestock $482,274,800
Milk, Wool and Honey $1,313,000
Poultry $173,622,616
Eggs $20,089,615
Fish $37,100
Miscellaneous $309,999
Horses $463,500
TOTAL $790,954,616

Source: Agriculture and Resource Economics, NC State University - June 27, 2005

Sampson County Farm Products (2004)
Field CropAcres HarvestedYield Per AcreTotal Production
Tobacco, flue cured (lb.) 5,421 2,450 13,282,332
Cotton, lint (lb.) 33,112 775 25,662,529
Cottonseed (lb.)     45,000,000
Peanuts (lb.) 1,600 4,100 6,560,000
Corn for grain (bu.) 33,814 110 3,719,540
Corn for silage (ton) 900 14 12,600
Wheat (bu.) 23,098 46 1,062,506
Oats (bu.) 650 56 36,400
Barley (bu.) 627 47 29,493
Rye (bu.) 3,028 40 121,140
Grain sorghum (cwt.) 191 50 9,565
Soybeans (bu.) 67,075 32 2,146,400
Vegetables and BerriesAcres HarvestedYield Per AcreTotal Production
Irish potatoes (cwt.) 9 150 1,350
Sweet potatoes (40 lb. carton) 5,502 275 1,513,050
Broccoli (21 lb. carton) 1 300 300
Cabbage (cwt.) 313 250 78,250
Cantalopes (each 4-5 lbs.) 480 7,000 3,360,000
Collards (cwt.) 800 300 240,000
Corn, sweet (5 dz. crate-42 lbs.) 250 150 37,500
Cucumbers (55 lb. bu.) 1,800 100 180,000
Cucumbers, processing (ton) 364 2 728
Eggplant (30 lb. carton) 84 300 25,200
Lettuce (25 lb. crate) 15 200 3,000
Leafy greens, except collards (cwt.) 500 250 125,000
Okra (30 lb. bu.) 21 150 3,150
Peppers, fresh market (30 lb. carton) 1,500 600 900,000
Peppers, processing (ton) 1,200 2 2,400
Snap beans, fresh market (30 lb. bu.) 315 125 39,375
Southern peas (25 lb. bu.) 255 125 31,875
Squash (30 lb. Bu.) 1,343 700 940,100
Tomatoes (cwt.) 194 125 24,250
Watermelons (cwt.) 1,638 200 327,600
Other vegetables 300    
Blueberries (pint) 289 3,000 867,000
Strawberries (pint 1 lb.) 34 12,000 408,000
Fruits and NutsAcres HarvestedYield Per AcreTotal Production
Peaches (48 lb. bu.) 700 400 400
Pecans (lb.) 2,000 5,000 5,000
Grapes (ton) 3,000 60 60

Source: Agriculture and Resources Economics, NC State University - June 27, 2005

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