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Georgia corn and cotton production expected to increase

Georgia cotton and corn producers are expected to make significant production gains in 2019, according to the September Crop Production report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

The state's cotton crop is forecast at 2.7 million bales in 2019, which would represent a 38.1% increase over the 2018 crop of 1.96 million bales.

Georgia corn growers are expected to produce 55.6 million bushels in 2019, or 10.9% more than 2018, when they produced 50.16 million bushels.

The NASS forecast indicated a slight increase in Georgia’s peanut production. Georgia peanut growers produced 2.892 billion pounds in 2018, and the NASS forecast for 2019 is 2.904 billion pounds.

Georgia soybean production is expected to decline more than previously thought, attributable in part to an expected yield of 33 bushels per acre in the September NASS report, down from a forecast of 38 bushels per acre in the August report. Overall, Georgia soybean production is forecast a 3.47 million bushels in 2019, down nearly 36% from 2018, when Georgia growers produced 5.4 million bushels. Georgia farmers planted 110,000 acres of soybeans this year compared to 145,000 acres last year.

Georgia tobacco production is forecast at 18 million pounds in 2019, down 24% from 2018, when the state’s growers produced 23.76 million pounds of tobacco.