Overall value of Georgia field crops increased in 2017
The total value of Georgia field crops was $2.15 billion in 2017, an increase of 14 percent over the state’s 2016 field crop value, according to the Crop Values report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The report was based on marketing and monthly prices received during the period of August through December.
Georgia’s field crop values in 2017 were the greatest since 2013 and followed a period of four straight years of declining values.
Upland cotton, peanuts and hay drove the overall growth in value in 2017.
The state’s cotton crop was valued at $794.9 million in 2017, up from $753.4 million in 2016, an increase of 5.5 percent. Georgia’s 2017 peanut crop was valued at $780.5 million, up from $512.1 million in 2016, an increase of 5.2 percent. The state’s 2017 hay crop was valued at $186.9 million, up from $138 million in 2016, an increase of 35.5 percent.
While the overall field crop production values increased, the value declined of the state’s grain corn for grain, cotton seed, soybeans, tobacco and winter wheat crops declined.
- The value of Georgia’s grain corn crop was $178.9 million in 2017, down from $217.6 million in 2016, a decrease of 17.8 percent.
- Georgia’s 2017 cottonseed crop was $72.3 million, down from $102.9 million in 2016, a decline of 29.7 percent.
- The state’s soybean production was valued at $61.4 million in 2017, down from $72.7 million in 2016, a decline of 15.5 percent.
- Georgia’s 2017 tobacco production value fell by four percent, from $54.7 million in 2016 to $52.5 million in 2017.
- Winter wheat produced in Georgia was valued at $13.5 million in 2017, down from $20.5 million in 2016, a decline of 34 percent.