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GA peanut production increases

The peanut capital of the world is cranking out more peanuts than ever. (Source: WALB) The peanut capital of the world is cranking out more peanuts than ever. (Source: WALB)
Georgia Peanut Commission Executive Director Don Koehler (Source: WALB) Georgia Peanut Commission Executive Director Don Koehler (Source: WALB)
Koehler thinks Georgia farmers have the capability of producing a whopping 6,000 pounds per acre on average. (Source: WALB) Koehler thinks Georgia farmers have the capability of producing a whopping 6,000 pounds per acre on average. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The peanut capital of the world is cranking out more peanuts than ever.

Georgia Peanut officials in Tifton say in 2015, the state average yields were 4,400 pounds of peanuts per acre in comparison to 2,400 per acre 30 years ago.

Georgia Peanut Commission Executive Director Don Koehler says technological advancements have helped farmers become more efficient.

There is also only a need for fewer peanut producers overall.

"They're really an economic foundation of all our rural communities. If you look at where we grow peanuts it's always in the land from Columbus to Macon to Augusta to south of that line. So in these communities, we are rural communities that depend on peanuts and on agriculture," said Koehler.

Koehler thinks Georgia farmers have the capability of producing a whopping 6,000 pounds per acre on average.

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