Peanut Acreage is Going Nuts in Georgia
As of today we are about 90% into the peanut crop for 2017. This year it seems like we are 2 weeks ahead in planting compared to the last few years. Some of these peanuts could be harvested as soon as mid-August, but for the bulk of the crop, harvest will begin in September.
Peanut acreage will be up this year in the whole Southeast, about 5% over last year. In my area I would say that the acreage may be up a little. Maybe not as much as in other places, due to the fact that for the most part my growers stick to a good crop rotation.
Approximately 1,750,000 acres of peanuts will be planted in the United States in 2017, with about 785,000 of those acres planted in Georgia.
The main driver for the increase in acreage I would have to say is the positive price increase and the overall demand for the U.S. peanut crop around the world. China’s consumption of U.S. peanuts seems to be growing each year. Also, with cotton prices and corn prices like they are, peanuts just seem to be a better profit crop for most.
It seems like on a year that acres are increased, the disease pressure is higher. With rotation being shorter, I believe nematodes, white mold, and leaf spot will be very big problems this year. The best way for a grower to stay ahead of the problem is to stick to a spray program and even tighten up their intervals of spraying.
Did You Know?
- Today over half of the peanut crop in the United States is grown in Georgia.
- In the United States, peanuts and peanut butter are the most popular nut choice and comprise 67% of all nut consumption.
If you are a peanut grower, let us know what you expect to see in the field this growing season. Leave a comment below or tweet at us @Bayer4CropsUS.
Meet the Author
Clint Murphy grew up on a Georgia cattle farm and received his B.S. in Agribusiness with honors from the University of Georgia. He has been with Bayer for 4 years and oversees the Southwest corner of Georgia Territory (Mitchell, Grady, Miller, Seminole and Decatur counties).
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