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Ga. Cotton growers expected to increase production, other crops decline

By USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service

Georgia cotton producers are expected to increase production in 2022, but Georgia’s other major field crops are forecast for declines according to the August Crop Production Report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The cotton production forecast, at 2.30 million bales, would represent an increase of 4% from 2021 production of 2.21 million bales. Georgia cotton growers made slight increases in acreage and are expected to have slightly higher yield in 2022 than in 2021.

Corn for grain production is forecast at 64.7 million bushels in 2022, down 20% from 2021. The corn yield is forecast at 166 bushels per harvested acre, down 16 bushels from 2021.

Peanut production is forecast at 3.26 billion pounds in 2022, down 74 million pounds, or 2%, from 2021. The 2022 peanut yield is forecast at 4,500 pounds per harvested acre, up 50 pounds from 2021.

Georgia 2022 soybean production, forecast at 5.50 million bushels, is down 11% from 2021. The soybean yield is forecast at 44 bushels per harvested acre, down 2 bushels from 2021.

Tobacco production is forecast at 13.3 million pounds, down 7.6% from 2021, when Georgia growers produced 14.4 million pounds.

Peach production is forecast at 26,000 tons, down 26% from 2021.

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