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Peanut farmers prep for planting season

Georgia Peanut Commission staff said farmers were preparing for the planting season. (Source: WALB) Georgia Peanut Commission staff said farmers were preparing for the planting season. (Source: WALB)
Peanut Commission Executive Director Don Koehler (Source: WALB) Peanut Commission Executive Director Don Koehler (Source: WALB)
The Georgia Peanut Commission estimated 785,000 acres of peanuts will be planted this spring. (Source: WALB) The Georgia Peanut Commission estimated 785,000 acres of peanuts will be planted this spring. (Source: WALB)
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

It's national peanut month and also one of busiest times for peanut farmers.

Georgia Peanut Commission staff said farmers were preparing for the planting season.

Some farmers were concerned about the dry weather in February.

But now they anticipate an increase in planting to meet the current demand. 

Yields, however, may not reach a record this year. 

"A couple of years ago we just had a phenomenal crop that was almost as perfect as it can be. But we may be still one of the top five crops as far as state average yields if we can just have a normal growing season," said Peanut Commission Executive Director Don Koehler. 

The Georgia Peanut Commission estimated 785,000 acres of peanuts will be planted this spring, with an estimated yield of 3,800 pounds. 

Staff said the yield was  a bit conservative but they hope to see yields that exceed 4,000 pounds. 

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