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Georgia cotton, corn & soybean producers expected to increase acreage

Cotton, corn and soybean growers in Georgia are expected to increase planted acres in 2021, according to the Prospective Plantings Report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

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Cotton growers are projected to plant 1.2 million acres, which would represent a 1% increase from 2020.

Georgia corn growers planted an estimated 480,000 acres, up 14% from 2020, which would be the state’s largest corn acreage since 2013.

Soybean producers intend to plant 110,000 acres in Georgia in 2021, a 10% increase from 2020.

Georgia peanut growers are expected to plant approximately 790,000 acres, which would be 2% less than in 2020.

Tobacco acreage, at a projected 7,000 acres, is down 11 percent from 2020.

Winter wheat planted is estimated at 210,000 acres, up 11 percent from 2020.

The combined value for Georgia’s 2020 corn, cotton, cottonseed, hay, peanuts, soybeans, tobacco and winter wheat crops is estimated at $2.04 billion, up 8% from 2019.

The state’s corn crop value increased 18.9% from 2019 to 2020, from $253.68 million to $301.86 million.

The value of Georgia’s upland cotton crop fell from $806.22 million in 2019 to $713.65 million in 2020, a decline of 11.5%. That drop was partially offset by a 4.5% increase in the value of Georgia’s cottonseed crop, from $89.47 million in 2019 to $93.47 million in 2020.

The 2020 hay crop in Georgia was valued at $164.2 million, up 26.9% from $129.36 million in 2019.

The 2020 Georgia peanut crop estimated value was $656 million, up 22.2% from $536.7 million in 2019.

The 2020 soybean crop in Georgia was valued at $40.51 million, an 81.5% increase from $22.32 million in 2019.

The 2020 tobacco crop was valued at $39.1 million, up 7.3% from $36.48 million in 2019.

Georgia’s winter wheat crop was valued at $24.31 million in 2020, up 77.2% from $13.72 million in 2019.

Information from The Georgia Farm Bureau.

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