Georgia farmers won't be planting as many peanuts as they did last year. (Source: WALB)
A near record crop last year has led to a glut of peanuts. (Source: WALB)
Don Koehler (Source: WALB)
TIFT CO., GA (WALB) -
With planting season approaching, south Georgia farmers will put fewer acres of peanuts in the ground.
A near record crop last year has led to a glut of peanuts.
Georgia farmers are expected to drop peanut acreage by about 55,000 acres, which is down 7 percent from last year.
"We may not have warehouse space if we have a really big 2016 crop because we won't have the '15 crop cleared out. So, that's an issue farmers need to be aware of and be sure that they've got a home for the peanuts and the '16 crop. When they get to the harvest time," said Executive Director for the Georgia Peanut Commission Don Koehler.
Because of this year's surplus, the US Department of Agriculture is working to send 500 metric tons of packaged, dry roasted peanuts to school children in Haiti.