Crop report: Georgia peanut farmers on pace for record crop
When the final tally on Georgia’s peanut crop is complete, Georgia’s peanut farmers are projected to have their most productive year ever.
According to the November Crop Production Report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the state’s peanut growers are forecast to produce 3.82 billion pounds of peanuts after increases in both acreage and yield. Georgia growers planted 120,000 more acres in peanuts in 2017 (840,000) than in 2016 (720,000), and their forecast yield of 4,600 pounds per acre in 2017 is 700 pounds per acre more than they harvested in 2016.
According to the Peanut Farm Market News, the total production would be the highest on record.
Despite extensive damage from Tropical Storm Irma, NASS’ forecast for the state’s cotton production was unchanged from October to November. Georgia cotton growers are projected to produce 2.4 million bales in 2017, up 10 percent from 2.18 million bales in 2016. Georgia growers planted 1.29 million acres of cotton this year compared to 1.18 million acres in 2016 and are expected to harvest 1.28 million acres compared to 1.165 million acres last year.
NASS projected the state’s corn crop to finish at 44.75 million bushels, down from 46 million bushels in the agency’s October report, the result of a lower forecast yield – from 184 bushels per acre in October to 179 bushels per acre in November.
The forecast Georgia soybean yield on NASS’ October report, 45 bushels per acre, was also adjusted downward, to 40 bushels per acre in the November report. The expected decline in yield is accompanied by an projected decline in production, from 6.53 million bushels in the October report to 5.8 million bushels in the November report.