NASS adjusts crop production estimates
Georgia farmers who produce corn, cotton, peanuts and soybeans are all expected to record heavy production losses resulting from Hurricane Michael, according to the November Crop Production report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
Cotton producers are expected to take the biggest hit. In October, NASS forecast the state’s cotton production at 2.9 million bales. After the hurricane, that projection dropped to 1.95 million bales. Instead of what some predicted would be a record cotton crop, the projected production is 12 percent less than the 2.225 million bales Georgia cotton growers produced in 2017.
The peanut production forecast was lowered from 2.95 billion pounds in the October report to 2.82 billion pounds, a difference of more than 31 million pounds. If realized, this would represent a 21 percent decline from 2017, when Georgia peanut growers produced almost 3.6 billion pounds.
The production forecast for Georgia soybean growers was lowered from 4.86 million bushels in the October report to 4.29 million bushels in the November report., a difference of 570,000 bushels. Georgia growers produced 6.3 million bushels of soybeans in 2017.
NASS lowered its forecast of Georgia corn production from 46.75 million bushels on the October report to 45.475 million bushels on the November report.