USDA forecasts slight increase in peanut plantings this season

key considerations for plantingPeanut growers say they plan to plant nearly 1.53 million acres this season, up 7% from the 1.42 million acres planted in 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recently released Planting Intentions Report.

Growers in nearly every peanut-producing state are expected to increase acreage slightly except for Oklahoma, where they are expected to decrease plantings to 12,000 acres, down 20% from 2019.

The acreage estimates in the report are based primarily on surveys conducted during the first two weeks of March. The March effort is a probability survey that includes a sample of approximately 80,000 farm operators selected from a list of producers that ensures all operations in the United States have a chance to be selected.

Data from operators was collected by mail, internet, telephone, or personal interview to obtain information on crop acreage intentions for the 2020 crop year, according to the USDA.

2020 planting intentions

Courtesy USDA NASS

Read the complete report at the USDA NASS.