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.