Double-digit gains forecast for Georgia corn, peanut acreage
Georgia growers of corn and peanuts are expected to increase acreage by more than 10%, according to the 2020 Prospective Plantings Report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), released on March 31.
Georgia acres planted in corn are expected to grow from 395,000 acres in 2019 to 440,000 acres in 2020, an increase of 11.4%
Georgia growers are expected to plant 740,000 acres of peanuts in 2020, an increase of 10.4% over 2019, when they planted 670,000 acres. This would be the most acres devoted to peanuts in Georgia since 2017, when peanut producers planted more than 800,000 acres.
NASS forecast cotton to be planted on 1.3 million acres in 2020, a 7% decrease from 2019, when Georgia farmers planted 1.4 million acres.
Hay producers are expected to plant 590,000 acres in Georgia in 2020, which would be an increase of 30,000 acres, or 5.4%, over 2019, when they planted 560,000 acres.
Georgia soybean acreage is forecast at 90,000 acres, which would represent a 10% drop from 2019, when Georgia growers planted 100,000 acres of soybeans.
NASS forecasts 190,000 acres planted in winter wheat in Georgia in 2020, which would be a 26.7% increase from 2019, when Georgia growers planted 150,000 acres.
Georgia farmers are predicted to plant 70,000 acres of oats and 9,000 acres of tobacco in 2020. Both would be the same acreage planted in 2019.