Georgia cotton and pecan production estimates released
Georgia cotton growers may not produce as much cotton as previously forecast for 2019, but they’ll still finish well ahead of the state’s crop in 2018, according to the December Crop Production Report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
With lower expected yields, NASS forecast Georgia’s cotton crop at 2.6 million bales, down 4% from the November crop report. A 2.6-million bale crop would represent at 33% increase from 2018, when Georgia growers produced 1.955 million bales.
Despite lingering effects from Hurricane Michael, Georgia pecan growers are expected to produce a fourth of the U.S.’ pecan crop in 2019. Georgia’s production is expected to be 67 million pounds in 2019, down 4% from the 70 million pounds of pecans produced in 2018.
The NASS released reports on Dec. 10 predicting the total U.S. pecan crop will yield 261 million pounds. NASS estimates New Mexico’s crop could reach 97 million pounds, but Farm Progress reports an experienced New Mexico grower predicting the state’s crop will only yield 80 to 85 million pounds due to an early freeze. Texas’ pecan crop is predicted to produce 47 million pounds and Arizona at 38 million pounds.