Based on a survey of growers contacted around Nov. 1, Georgia’s crop yields remained the same as last month for corn and peanuts, while cotton and soybeans showed a decline in yields.
According to the USDA, NASS Georgia Field Office, the state’s cotton production for 2009 is expected to total 1.80 million bales (480 pounds), 50,000 bales less than the Oct. 1 forecast, but 200,000 bales above the 2008 production.
Harvesting conditions have been slowed by wet conditions during October. Acreage for harvest, at 990,000 acres, remains unchanged from last month.
The yield calculates to 873 pounds per harvested acre, down 24 pounds per acre from last month, but still a record yield. By the end of October, about 22 percent of the crop had been harvested, while 50 percent is the average.
Peanut production for Georgia is forecast at 1.75 billion pounds, the same as the Oct. 1 forecast, but 25 percent less than in 2008. Yield per harvested acre is forecast at a record 3,500 pounds, the same as last month, and up 100 pounds per acre from a year ago. The good yield is a reflection of showers in late August, early September and irrigation.
By the end of October, harvesting progress was well behind normal.
Corn yield for 2009 is expected to average 140 bushels per harvested acre, the same as last month and the same as last year. Timely rains and irrigation have provided growers with a good crop.
Total corn production is expected to total 49.0 million bushels from 350,000 acres harvested for grain. Harvest was virtually complete by the first part of October.
Soybean production is expected to total 14.9 million bushels, down 3 percent from last month, but 15 percent more than in 2008. Acreage expected for harvest is at 450,000 acres, the same as last month, but 35,000 acres more than in 2008.
Yields are expected to average 33 bushels per acre, down 1 bushel from last month, but 2 bushels per acre more than last year. By the end of October, about 18 percent of the crop had been harvested. The five-year average is 26 percent harvested.