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Georgia Peanut Commission expects less acres planted

The Georgia Peanut Commission expects Georgia farmers to plant far fewer peanut acres this spring.

The USDA's official acreage estimate estimates a four percent reduction.

Peanut Commission officials say that's way off. They expect a 20-percent reduction in peanut acreage with most farmers growing more cotton and corn.

Georgia Peanut Commission Executive Director Don Koehler said  "So I think it's positive on prices. With the other commodity prices where they are, the thing that I do see is an opportunity for farmers to make a little money and retire some of the debt they have been carrying forward."

The USDA forecast estimates Georgia growers will plant 150 thousand acres in peanuts, while cotton acreage is estimated to increase more than 15 percent.

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