Major Georgia crops forecast for production gains
Georgia corn, cotton, peach, peanut and soybean growers are all forecast for increased production in 2021, according to the August Crop Production Report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
Corn for grain production is forecast at 71.4 million bushels, up 2% from 2020. The average corn yield is forecast at 170 bushels per harvested acre, which would represent a 10 bushel decrease from 2020.
Cotton production, forecast at 2.30 million bales, would be a 6% increase from last year.
Peanut production is forecast at a record high 3.61 billion pounds, which would be a 10% increase from 2020. The average peanut yield is forecast at 4,400 pounds per harvested acre, up 300 pounds from 2020.
Soybean production, predicted at 5.04 million bushels, is expected to increase by 29% over 2020. The average soybean yield is forecast at 42 bushels per acre, up 1 bushel from last year.
Tobacco production is forecast at 18.4 million pounds, down 5% from last year to the lowest production total since 1932.
Peach production is forecast at 36,000 tons, up 8% from 2020.