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NASS releases 2019 planted acreage estimates for field crops

Georgia farmers planted slightly more acres of corn and fewer acres in cotton, peanuts, soybeans and wheat in 2019 than they did in 2018, according to estimates in the June Acreage report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Corn planted for all purposes by Georgia farmers is estimated at 350,000 acres in 2019, up 7.6% from 2018, when they planted 325,000 acres.

Georgia’s estimated cotton acreage, at 1.35 million acres in 2019, is down 5.6% from 2018, when Georgia producers planted 1.43 million acres.

The state’s peanut growers are planting an estimated 600,000 acres in 2019, down 10% from 2018, when they planted 665,000 acres.

Georgia’s soybean producers planted an estimated 110,000 acres in 2019, down 24% from last year. If realized, this would be the state’s lowest soybean planted area since 1960.

Winter wheat, including acreage planted in fall 2018, is estimated at 180,000 acres in 2019, down 10% from 2018.

Georgia hay producers are forecast to harvest an estimated 580,000 acres in 2019, down from 600,000 acres in 2018, which would be a decline of 3.3 percent.

NASS forecast that Georgia tobacco growers would harvest 10,000 acres in 2019, down 20% from 2018 when the state’s producers harvested 12,500 acres. If realized, this would be the state’s lowest tobacco harvested acres since 2012.

Nationwide, NASS estimates corn planted for all purposes in 2019 at 91.7 million acres, up 3% from 2018. Soybean planted area for 2019 is estimated at 80 million acres, down 10% from 2018. This represents the lowest soybean planted acreage in the United States since 2013.