Dry weather helps Georgia harvest Extremely dry weather during October provided excellent harvesting conditions for Georgia farmers, but the lack of rainfall was not good for pastures and for planting small grains, according to the state's agricultural statistics service.

Yields improved Most row-crop yields, with the exception of cotton, showed improvement in the state's November crop report.

Georgia's cotton production for 2000 is expected to total 1.61 million bales. This is 10,000 bales below earlier forecasts but 43,000 bales more than 1999 production. Acreage for harvest, at 1.3 million, remains unchanged from earlier reports. The yield calculates to 594 pounds per harvested acre. By the end of October, 59 percent of the crop had been harvested.

Peanut production for Georgia is forecast at 1.42 billion pounds or one percent more than in 1999. Yield per harvested acre is forecast at 2,800 pounds, 200 more than last month and 225 pounds more than the 1999 yield. Harvesting conditions during October were very good, with 88 percent of the crop combined by the end of the month. Early September rains improved peanut yields in the state.

Georgia's corn yield is expected to average 103 bushels per harvested acre. This is three bushels per acre more than last month but the same as the 1999 crop. Corn production is expected to total 35 million bushels from 340,000 harvested acres. This production forecast is 13 percent more than in 1999.

Soybean production in Georgia is expected to total 4,32 million bushels. This is nine percent more than last month and 20 percent more than in 1999. Acreage expected for harvest, at 180,000, is five percent below the 190,000 acres harvested in 1999. Yields are expected to average 24 bushels per acre, up two bushels from last month and up five bushels from last year. Harvesting was off to a good start, with 29 percent of the crop harvested by the end of October.

Tobacco harvest Georgia's tobacco yield is forecast at 2,310 pounds per acre or 10 pounds per acre more than earlier forecasts. This yield would be 370 pounds per acre more than in 1999. Harvested acreage is expected to total 30,000 acres, the same as earlier forecasts and 3,000 acres less than in 1999. Production is forecast at 69.3 million pounds or eight percent more than in 1999.

The 25th Annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show and Conference is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Albany Civic Center in Albany, Ga. The one-day show opens at 8:30 a.m. with door prize registration and closes at 3:45 p.m. with the presentation of the grand door prize.

"On the arena floor, farmers can expect to find a full house of exhibitors representing almost every aspect of the peanut industry," says Emory Murphy, farm show coordinator. "More than 70 exhibitors will be available to demonstrate and explain their products, equipment and services to show attendees."

The Georgia Peanut Commission will present a short program beginning at 10:45 a.m. that will cover awards presentations and commission activities. A free luncheon will follow for all peanut farmers in attendance.

The University of Georgia's Cooperative Extension Service will present their educational peanut conference in the afternoon. Peanut farmers who participate will receive credit towards pesticide certification.

For more information on attending or exhibiting in the show, contact Emory Murphy or Nicole Kicklighter at the Georgia Peanut Commission office in Tifton, Ga., at (229) 386-3470 or via e-mail at emory@gapeanuts.com or nicole@gapeanuts.com.