Georgia forecast for smallest tobacco crop since 1932
Georgia growers are expected to produce 16.5 million pounds of tobacco in 2020, according to the July crop production report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), released July 10.
The expected production would represent a 13% decline from 2019, when Georgia’s tobacco growers produced 18.9 million pounds. It would also be the smallest Georgia tobacco crop since 1932. The decline is due in part to a reduction in acreage. According to NASS, Georgia growers planted approximately 7,500 acres of tobacco in 2020, down from 9,000 acres in 2019.
NASS’ June Acreage Report, released June 30, also estimated Georgia’s planted acreage in 2020 for the state’s row crops. Georgia corn, cotton and soybean growers are all expected to plant fewer acres in 2020 than in 2019.
The state’s cotton acreage is forecast at 1.23 million acres in 2020, down from 1.4 million acres in 2019, a reduction of 12%.
Georgia peanut growers are expected to plant 710,000 acres in 2020, up from 670,000 acres in 2019, an increase of 6%.
Georgia soybean growers are expected to plant 90,000 acres in 2020, down from 100,000 acres in 2019.
NASS forecast Georgia’s winter wheat acreage at 190,000 acres in 2020, up 27% from 2019, when Georgia growers planted 150,000 acres. Georgia growers planted an estimated 80,000 acres in oats in 2020, up from 70,000 acres in 2019.