Georgia small grains production makes big gains
Oat, rye and winter wheat growers in Georgia made significant gains in production in 2018 over 2017, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Southern Region Small Grains report.
The state’s oat growers produced 1.065 million bushels in 2018, up 45 percent over 2017, when they produced 735,000 bushels. NASS attributed the increase to average yield of 71 bushels per acre, the second-highest yield on record.
Georgia rye growers produced 390,000 bushels in 2018, up from 285,000 bushels in 2017, an increase of 37 percent.
Georgia wheat growers produced 3.78 million bushels in 2018, up from 3.29 million bushels in 2017, an increase of 15 percent, in part because of an additional 40,000 planted acres and yield at 54 bushels per acre, up from 47 bushels per acre in 2017.