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Corn, Wheat Make Big Gains In Georgia


By: GFB News
7/3/2013 9:28:33 AM


Georgia farmers planted significantly more corn and harvested more winter wheat in 2013 than in 2012, according to the June Crop Acreage Report released June 28 by the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service.

This year Georgia farmers devoted almost as many acres to corn as to peanuts, planting 500,000 acres of corn, up from 345,000 acres in 2012, a gain of 45 percent.

An oversupply of peanuts from the record 2012 crop prompted Georgia growers to scale back peanut acres, which declined 31 percent from 735,000 acres in 2012 to 510,000 acres in 2013.

Georgia farmers planted 400,000 acres in winter wheat last fall for the 2013 crop, up from 290,000 acres for the 2012 crop, a gain of 38 percent.

The state's cotton growers expanded acreage 0.8 percent, from 1.29 million acres in 2012 to 1.3 million acres in 2013. Nationwide, cotton acreage declined from 12.08 million acres in 2012 to 10.03 million acres in 2013. Cotton acreage declined in Alabama and South Carolina and increased by 16 percent in Florida.

Georgia farmers planted 260,000 acres of soybeans, up 18 percent from 2012.


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