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Most Georgia Crops Saw Production Increase During 2012

 

By: GFB News
1/17/2013 9:58:48 AM

 

The USDA's 2012 Georgia Crop Production report shows the state's major row crops had significant production increases from 2011.

Georgia's soybean crop saw a production increase of 168 percent with 7.95 million bushels compared to 2.97 million bushels in 2011. In 2012, Georgia farmers planted 220,000 acres of soybeans and harvested 215,000 acres with an average yield of 37 bushels/acre, only 2.6 bushels lower than the national average. In 2011, growers planted 155,000 acres and harvested 135,000 acres with an average yield of 22 bushels/acre.

With a total production of 3.3 billion pounds (1,660,750 tons), Georgia peanut growers saw a 102 percent production increase above 2011. Growers planted 735,000 acres last year, up from 475,000 acres in 2011, and harvested 730,000 acres compared to 454,000 in 2011. The average yield was 4,550 pounds/acre compared to 3,625 pounds/acre in 2011.

Georgia corn growers produced 55.8 million bushels of corn for grain, a 31 percent increase over 2011. Growers planted 345,000 acres both years, but harvested 310,000 acres in 2012 and 270,000 acres in 2011. Average yield per acre was 180 bushels in 2012 and 158 bushels in 2011.

Georgia cotton growers planted and harvested fewer acres in 2012 but saw a 12 percent increase in production as the crop had higher yields producing 2.75 million bales weighing 480 pounds. The 1.29 million acres planted in 2012, down from 1.6 million in 2011, and 1.28 million acres harvested in 2012, down from 1.5 million in 2011, had an average yield of 1,027 pounds/acre, up from 791 pounds/acre in 2011.

Georgia farmers produced 1.45 million tons of hay in 2012, a 12 percent increase above 2011. Acres harvested in 2012 were slightly less at 580,000 acres compared to 590,000 acres in 2011, but yields were higher in 2012 at 2.5 tons/acre up from 2.2 tons/acre in 2011.

Georgia tobacco production declined by 16 percent from 26.7 million pounds in 2011 to 22.5 million pounds in 2012. The decrease was due to fewer planted acres as yield/acre remained the same at 2,250.

 

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