Georgia farmers planted less peanuts and cotton and more corn and tobacco in 2007 compared with 2006, according to the USDA, NASS, Georgia Field Office.
Based on a survey during the first two weeks of June, growers indicated corn acres would be up a whopping 89 percent from last year. The survey also indicated soybean acreage would be up significantly from last year.
Tobacco acreage is up from 2006. Hay acreage is expected to decrease from last year.
Since the beginning of the year, rainfall has been well below normal, as most of the state is in extreme drought. After a cold first part of April, temperatures have been slightly above normal.
Cotton producers planted an estimated 1.05 million acres of cotton in 2007, down 100,000 acres from the March Prospective Plantings Report, and 350,000 acres less than in 2006. Planting the crop got off to a very slow start, due to the extreme dry conditions. Planting progress was behind normal the entire planting season until virtually complete by the middle of June.
Georgia's acreage in 2007 is the second largest in the nation behind Texas.
Peanuts planted in 2007 in Georgia total 520,000 acres, up 20,000 acres from the March Prospective Plantings Report, but 60,000 acres less than in 2006.
Acreage for harvest is expected to total 515,000 acres.
Planting got off to a very slow start, due to drought conditions. The majority of peanut planting took place in May, and was virtually complete by mid-June.
Corn planted in Georgia totaled 530,000 acres in 2007, 30,000 acres more than what was anticipated in March and 250,000 acres more than in 2006.
Planting was off to a fast start. By the end of March over half the crop had been planted and virtually all of the crop planted by the end of April.
The early June survey indicated 480,000 acres to be harvested for grain, 255,000 acres more than in 2006.
Soybean acreage for 2007 is expected to increase to 220,000 acres, 65,000 acres more than in 2006. This June estimate is a decrease of 30,000 acres from the March Prospective Plantings Report.
As of June 25, 81 percent of the crop had been planted, about a week behind normal. Soybeans were rated in fair to good condition. Harvested acreage is expected to total 205,000 acres, 65,000 acres above 2006.
Tobacco growers have increased their acreage from last year. Acreage for 2007 is 20,000 acres, 18 percent more than in 2006 and 1,000 acres more than the March Prospective Plantings Report.
Transplanting got under way about the third week of March, which is a normal starting time. By the end of June, harvest was just getting under way, and the crop was rated in fair to good condition.
Sorghum planted for all purposes in 2007 is expected to total 55,000 acres, 15,000 more acres that was intended in March, and 15,000 acres more than planted in 2006.
Sorghum to be harvested for grain is expected to total 30,000 acres, 4,000 more than last year.
Hay acreage to be harvested in 2007 totals 600,000 acres, 50,000 acres less than last year. Harvesting hay has been at a minimum, as drought conditions have caused slow growth in hay fields.
Wheat seeding for 2007 totaled 400,000 acres, up 170,000 acres from 2006.
Wheat harvested for grain is estimated at 250,000 acres which is up 130,000 acres from last year.
Oats planted for 2007 total 60,000 acres, down 10,000 acres from last year.
Oats harvested for grain is expected to total 30,000 acres, the same as last year.
Rye at 230,000 planted acres, is the same as last year and the harvested area of 30,000 acres is up 5,000 acres from last year.