Peanut Seedings May Rise 7%



WASHINGTON - Mar 31/20 - SNS -- Peanut growers in the United States intend to plant 1.53 million acres in 2020, up 7% from 2019, according to the USDA.

Compared with last year, all States are expecting an increase or no change in planted area except for Oklahoma.

In Georgia, the largest peanut-producing State, expected planted area is up 10% from 2019. If realized, it will be the most acres planted since 2017.

Peanut Area Planted - States and United States: 2018-2020
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                    :                                 Area planted
        State       :-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                    :       2018        :       2019        :      2020 1/      :    Percent of
                    :                   :                   :                   :   previous year
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                    :      ----------------- 1,000 acres -----------------             percent
                    :
Alabama ............:        165.0               160.0               165.0               103
Arkansas ...........:         26.0                34.0                35.0               103
Florida ............:        155.0               165.0               175.0               106
Georgia ............:        665.0               670.0               740.0               110
Mississippi ........:         25.0                20.0                20.0               100
New Mexico .........:          5.5                 4.7                 5.0               106
North Carolina .....:        102.0               104.0               105.0               101
Oklahoma ...........:         16.0                15.0                12.0                80
South Carolina .....:         87.0                65.0                75.0               115
Texas ..............:        155.0               165.0               170.0               103
Virginia ...........:         24.0                25.0                27.0               108
                    :
United States ......:      1,425.5             1,427.7             1,529.0               107
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1/ Intended plantings in 2020 as indicated by reports from farmers.