Georgia Farmers Produced More Corn, Soybeans And Hay In 2013
By: Georgia Farm Bureau
1/23/2014 1:18:48 PM
Georgia farmers produced 46 percent more corn and 12 percent more soybeans in 2013 than in 2012 according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service annual crop production report, released on Jan. 13.
The state's corn producers harvested 81.375 million bushels in 2013, up from 55.8 million bushels in 2012, due largely to an additional 155,000 harvested acres.
The state's soybean growers harvested 9 million bushels in 2013, up from 8.063 million bushels in 2012.
Despite persistent problems with excessive rain throughout the year, Georgia hay growers increased their production from 1.45 million tons in 2012 to 1.566 million tons in 2013.
The state's signature field crops of peanuts and cotton saw significant declines. Georgia's peanut producers harvested 304,000 fewer acres and saw a slight decline from the record yields of 2012. The resulting 2013 production of 1.887 billion pounds was 44 percent less than 3.343 billion pounds produced in 2012.
Georgia's cotton production in 2013 was 2.4 million bales, down from 2.91 million bales in 2012, a 17.5 percent drop due in large part to a drop in yields from 1,091 pounds per acre to 850 pounds per acre.
The state's sorghum growers fell from 2.2 million bushels in 2012 to 2 million bushels in 2013. Georgia's tobacco production fell slightly, from 22.5 million pounds to 22.4 million pounds despite despite farmers harvesting 2,800 more acres in 2013.
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