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Cotton, corn soybean production expected to increase

Georgia’s cotton, corn and soybean crops are expected to increase significantly in 2018 over 2017, according to the September Crop Production Report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Georgia cotton growers are forecast to produce 2.8 million bales in 2018, up 575,000 bales (26 percent) over 2017, when they produced 2.23 million bales.

Georgia soybean growers are expected to produce 7.6 million bushels in 2018, up 1.3 million bushels from 2017, which would be a 21 percent increase.

Likewise, Georgia corn growers are forecast to produce 51.85 million bushels of corn in 2018, up 8.7 million from 2017, which would represent a 20 percent increase.

The state’s peanut growers, who made a significant reduction in acreage in 2018, are forecast to produce 2.95 billion pounds in 2018, down from 3.6 billion pounds in 2017, a decline of 18 percent.

Smaller yield is expected to result in a 14 percent decline in Georgia tobacco production, from 26.25 million pounds in 2017 to 22.5 million pounds in 2018.