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NASS: Georgia peanut growers produce record crop

Georgia peanut producers improved yield by 480 pounds per acre and increased acreage to a record 835,000 acres, resulting in a record-high 3.61 billion pounds, according to the annual crop production report released Jan. 12 by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

The peanut crop exceeded the 2.75 billion-pound 2016 crop by 860,000 pounds, a year-to-year increase of 31 percent.

Georgia’s farmers also increased their production of cotton and hay, while the corn, soybean and tobacco crops all declined.

Georgia cotton growers increased acreage from 1.18 million in 2016 to 1.28 million in 2017, and though yields declined by 48 pounds per acre, the 2017 production of 2.25 million bales was still a 3 percent increase over 2016’s 2.18 million bales.

Hay growers in Georgia produced 1.8 million tons in 2017, up from 1.38 million tons in 2016, an increase of 30 percent.

Georgia soybean growers produced 6.3 million bushels in 2017, down from 7.2 million bushels in 2016, a decline of 12.5 percent.

Due largely to an 95,000-acre decline in harvested acres, corn production in the state finished at 43.1 million bushels in 2017, down 23 percent from 2016, when Georgia corn growers produced 56.1 million bushels.

Georgia sorghum production was steady from 2016 to 2017, when the state’s farmers produced 540,000 bushels.

Tobacco production in Georgia fell by seven percent, from 28.35 million pounds in 2016 to 26.25 million pounds in 2017.