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REPORT: Georgia will produce more than 700,000 acres of peanuts this year

REPORT: Georgia will produce more than 700,000 acres of peanuts this year


Poultry, peaches, and the underestimated peanuts.

Georgia’s peanut crop is expected to exceed 700,000 acres in 2017, exceeding both hopes and expectations. Georgia usually grows between 500,000 and 600,000 acres

Experts attribute the high yields to a positive marketplace and higher margin of profit. The UGA Extension in Tifton reports that roughly 20 percent of the peanuts are under a ‘shortened rotation,’ which is not good for sustainability of the land. Ideally, three to four years between peanut crops is what most desire because of both the minimization of disease and the reproduction of minerals and nutrients.

Despite one recent freeze, the season is unusually warm which means diseases could attack crops earlier than normal. This has farmers on high alert, but even still, optimistic.




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Jessica Szilagyi is statewide contributor for All On Georgia and Market Manager for Southeast Georgia. Her main focus with All On Georgia is state and local politics as well as agriculture. She’s served as a policy analyst at the State Capitol and as a campaign manager in political races across the state.

She writes for GeorgiaPol.com and has two blogs of her own: ‘The Perspicacious Conservative’, a political blog, and ‘Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers’, a blog on moving from Atlanta to rural Georgia. Jessica is also a contributor for Fox5 Atlanta’s ‘Like it Or Not.’