Georgia's major crops still projected for production gains in 2021
Georgia farmers are forecast for production increases in corn, cotton, peanuts and soybeans in 2021, according to the September Crop Report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
Corn acreage is revised up from the previous estimate to 480,000 acres planted and 440,000 harvested for grain. Production is forecast at 75.7 million bushels, up 6% from the August forecast and up 8% from 2020. Based on conditions as of Sept. 1, yields are expected to average 172 bushels per acre.
Cotton acreage is revised down from the previous estimate to 1.17 million acres planted with production forecast at 2.20 million bales, up 1% from 2020.
Peanut acreage is revised down from the previous estimate to 760,000 acres planted. Production is forecast at 3.30 billion pounds, up less than 1% from a year ago.
Soybean acreage is revised up from the previous estimate to 140,000 acres planted with production forecast at 5.46 million bushels, up 40% from last year.
Tobacco production is forecast at 16.0 million pounds, down 13 % from the August forecast and the lowest production in Georgia since 1932. Based on conditions as of Sept. 1, yields are expected to average 2,000 pounds per acre.