Record peanut crop is expected

Record peanut crop is expected

LEE CO., GA (WALB) - Georgia farmers continue to make preparations for a record peanut crop.

State agricultural officials expect a near record yield of peanuts, with the harvest probably starting in September.

The 06G variety planted this year has the potential to produce up to 7,500 pounds per acre. With many warehouses still storing peanuts from 2014, growers are scrambling for space to store this year's crop.

"They are finding any place that was dry to store that crop," said USDA Farm Service Director Hank Hammond. "I don't think it's going to be like the Midwest where they store the corn in the middle of the town square."

Lee County farmers planted nearly 30,000 acres of peanuts. Farmers said the fields are looking good so far. Statewide, farmers planted nearly 800,000 acres.

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