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NASS: GA Pecan producers forecast big production gain in 2020

Georgia pecan corn, hay, peanut, oat and wheat producers are set to harvest significantly larger crops in 2020 than they did in 2019, according to the October Crop Production Report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

NASS forecast Georgia pecan production in 2020 at 125 million pounds, an increase of 71 percent from 2019. If realized, this would be the state’s largest crop since 2007.

Georgia corn growers are forecast to yield a record-high 182 bushels per acre. Corn for grain production in 2020 is forecast at 69.2 million bushels, up 24% from 2019.

Hay producers in Georgia are expected to produce 1.8 million tons in 2020, up 19% from 2019.

Peanut production is forecast at a record-high 3.60 billion pounds in 2020. The NASS forecast on the October report remained the same as on the September report and if realized would represent a 31% increase from 2019.

Soybean growers in Georgia are expected to harvest 3.63 million bushels, which would represent a 45% production increase over 2019.

Georgia cotton production for 2020 is forecast at 2.40 million bales, down 12 percent from 2019.

Georgia tobacco production, at 16.6 million pounds, is up from the 15.8 million pounds forecast in August, but still the lowest production since 1932. Georgia growers harvested 18.9 million pounds in 2019.

Georgia oat production, at 1.08 million bushels, would represent a 31% increase from 2019. Planted acreage, at 80,000 acres, is up 10,000 and harvested acres, at 20,000 acres are up 5,000 from 2019. Oat yield is 54 bushels per acres, a one-bushel decline from 2019.

Winter wheat production, at 4.68 million bushels, would be an increase of 67 percent from 2019. Winter wheat planted acreage, at 190,000 acres, is up 40,000 and harvested acreage, at an expected 85,000 acres is up 35,000 from 2019. Yield, at 55 bushels per acre, is down 1 bushel from 2019.