USDA forecasts 2% dip in planted peanut acreage for 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service expects the nation’s peanut growers to plant about 1.63 million acres in 2021, down 2% from 2020 but 13% above 2019.

That’s according to its perspective plantings report released March 30. The estimates are based on grower surveys conducted earlier this year where USDA asked them to estimate the number of acres they plan to plant.

In Georgia, the largest peanut-producing state, growers are expected to plant about 20,000 fewer acres, or 2% less.

Decreases of 20,000 acres each from 2020 also are expected in South Carolina and Texas. That amounts to acreage reductions of 24% and 11%, respectively.

2021 planting intentions chart
Courtesy USDA-NASS

Read the full report on the USDA-NASS website.

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