Corn acreage expect to be up 15% in Georgia this year
Source: GA Farm Bureau
Georgia farmers are expected to plant more acres in corn, peanut and soybeans in 2023, while cotton acres are forecast to decline, according to the Prospective Plantings Report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Georgia: Corn planted area for 2023 is estimated at 490,000 acres, up 15% from 2022. Cotton planted intentions are down 7% from last year at 1.20 million acres. Peanuts are estimated at 740,000 acres, up 8% from 2022. Producers intend to plant 170,000 acres of soybeans, up 3% from last year. Tobacco acreage, at 7,000 acres, is up 17% from last year. Winter wheat planted area is estimated at 170,000 acres, down 15% from last year.
Nationally, NASS estimated corn planted area for all purposes in 2023 at 92.0 million acres, up 4% from last year. Soybean planted area is estimated at 87.5 million acres, up slightly from last year. All wheat planted area, at 49.9 million acres is up 9% from 2022. All cotton planted area for 2023 is estimated at 11.3 million acres, down 18 percent from last year.
Meanwhile, mid-March freezing weather is expected to affect yields of blueberries and early variety peaches, according to NASS’ April 3 Crop Progress Report.