ALABAMA'S 2013 PEANUT ACREAGE, PRODUCTION NUMBERS DOWN FROM 2012
Alabama's planted peanut acreage and overall peanut production figures are down from 2012, according to the USDA’s August 2013 Crop Production Report.
|Commissioner of Agriculture & Industries John McMillan shows how, despite excessive rainfall, some peanuts are completely mature.|
The report shows acres planted in peanuts are down 90,000 acres in comparison to 2012, while overall peanut production is projected to be down 55 percent. With record rainfall recorded throughout many areas of Alabama, several acres of peanuts will be lost as a result of standing water in the fields. Farmers are also facing an increase of weeds and disease because excessive rainfall delayed spraying. Despite complications brought on by significant rain totals, farmers are cautiously optimistic and hoping for at least an average 2013 peanut crop on well drained fields.
“This has been one of the wettest summer’s I can remember and, because of that, we were afraid the peanut crop could be a total loss," said Commissioner of Agriculture & Industries John McMillan. "However, I’m encouraged by what I’ve seen in the fields and heard from several of our peanut growers.”
Peanut harvest is expected to begin around Sept. 15 in south Alabama.
Approximately half of the peanuts grown in the United States are grown within a 100-mile radius of Dothan, Ala. The peanut Industry contributes over $211 million to the state’s economy and provides more than 2,000 jobs.