North Carolina’s agricultural industry is a vital part of the state’s economy.
North Carolina is a major producer of tobacco and sweet potatoes and is also a leading producer of poultry, hogs, corn, soybeans, and Christmas trees.
The state’s climate and geography are well-suited for agriculture, with warm summers and ample rainfall throughout much of the year.
The state’s soil is also rich in nutrients, making it ideal for crop growth.
Plant Hardiness Zone Map
Firstly, let us check out the US Plant Hardiness Zone Map.
Plant Hardiness Zone Map for Nort Carolina
The state of North Carolina experiences a humid climate with very warm summers and moderately cold winters. It belongs to zone 5b to 8.
The Bermuda High-Pressure system dominates the summer with temperatures ranging less than 80˚F.
Whereas the winter temperatures range between 20˚F and 45˚F.
The average annual precipitation is 45 inches in North Carolina and occurs throughout the year. Summer is the wettest season, while autumn is the driest.
The state averages around 5 inches of snowfall annually, although the higher elevations of the Appalachian Mountains can receive up to 100 inches.
Soil Types: The below map shows the soil distribution across the state.
Let us understand it more easily with the help of the table below
Soil Order Of North Carolina
|Soil / Sub Order||Location||Characteristics|
|Ultisols/Udults and Aquults||Aquults are found in the coastal plain and Udults are found across the state.||1. Aquults are the Ultisols in wet areas where groundwater is very close to the surface
2. Udults are the more or less freely drained, relatively humus-poor Ultisols that have a udic moisture regime.
|Inceptisols/Udepts and Aquepts||In the Blue Ridge and the coastal plains||1. Aquepts are wet Inceptisols. Their natural drainage is poor or very poor therefore, it needs to have artificially drained
2. Udepts are mainly freely drained Inceptisols that have a udic or perudic moisture regime.
|Spodosols/Aquods||In the coastal plain||1. These are the wet Spodosols.
2. They are characterized by a shallow fluctuating water table
|Alfisols/Udalfs||In the piedmont region||1. have a udic moisture regime
|Entisols/Psammants and Arents||In the piedmont region||1. Psammants soils are sandy in all layers
2. Arents do not have diagnostic horizons because they have been deeply mixed by plowing, spading, or other methods of moving by humans