Corn, cotton increase production in Georgia; other crops down in 2019
Georgia corn and cotton growers achieved significant production gains while peanut and soybean production declined in 2019, according to the Annual Crop Production Report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
Georgia corn production for grain in 2019 totaled 56 million bushels, an increase of 5,480 bushels (11.6%) over 2018. Georgia cotton production at 2.65 million bales is up 35.5% from 2018 (1.955 million bales), when the crop was heavily damaged by Hurricane Michael, resulting in 125,000 acres of abandoned cotton.
Peanut production in Georgia, at 2.77 billion pounds in 2019, was down 3.6% from 2018 due to a decline in yield. Georgia’s peanut yield was 4,200 pounds per acre in 2019, down from 4,390 pounds per acre in 2018.
With soybeans planted at 100,000 acres, the lowest level in Georgia since 1959, production in 2019 totaled 2.70 million bushels, the lowest production since 1963. Georgia soybean production declined 47.5% from 2018, when growers produced 5.14 million bushels.
With tobacco harvested acres at their lowest level since 1918, production in 2019 totaled 18.9 million pounds, the lowest since 1932 and down 20.4% from 2018.
NASS also released its Winter Wheat Seedings forecast. Georgia farmers are expected to seed 160,000 acres in winter wheat for the 2020 crop, up 7% from 2018, when they seeded 150,000 acres.