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NASS updates crop production forecast

Georgia corn and cotton growers are still forecast for significant production gains while the state’s peanut, soybean and tobacco production are forecast for declines in the October Crop Production Report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

NASS revised its corn area planted for all purposes in Georgia up to 390,000 acres, a 10,000 acre increase from September’s forecast. With yield forecast at 168 bushels per acre, corn for grain production is at 58.0 million bushels, up 16% from 2018.

NASS’ forecast cotton production for 2019 remains at 2.70 million bales, up 38% from last year.

Georgia peanut production is forecast to fall to 2.77 billion pounds, down 4% from 2018.

Soybean planted acreage is revised down 10,000 acres to 100,000 acres, the lowest since 1959. Yield at 28 bushels per acre is down 5 bushels from last month and if realized will be the lowest since 2011. Soybean production is forecast at 2.66 million bushels, down 48% from 2018 and the lowest production since 1963.

Tobacco production remains at 18.0 million pounds, down 24% from last year.

Pecan production is forecast at 76 million pounds, an increase of 9% from last year.