Modest Rise in Peanut Yields



WASHINGTON - Oct 11/18 - SNS -- Peanut production is forecast at 5.77 billion pounds, up slightly from the September forecast and down 19% from the revised 2017 total of 7.12 billion pounds, according to the latest USDA crop production estimates.

Harvested area is expected to total 1.38 million acres, down slightly from the September forecast and down 22% from 2017. Based on conditions as of October 1, the average yield for the United States is forecast at 4,167 pounds per acre, up 16 pounds per acre from September and up 160 pounds per acre from the 2017 average yield of 4,007 pounds per acre. Record high yields are forecast in Alabama and Florida.