American Peanut Shellers Association discusses crop yields

Published: Mar. 13, 2013 at 10:57 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 18, 2013 at 10:57 PM EDT
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - South Georgia farmers are expected to plant more corn and cotton in the coming weeks while planting fewer peanuts.

Wednesday 150 top peanut industry leaders from across the country attended the American Peanut Shellers Association spring conference in Albany.

Last year Georgia peanut growers produced a record crop that flooded the market.

This spring peanut prices are low.

But industry experts don't want too many farmers to turn away from peanuts.

"We need some reduction in acres, but we don't know the magic number," said American Peanut Shellers Association President Joe West. "Today export demand has been strong. If that continues we'll definitely need more than we expected. But right now that's the big unknown. Is if exports will continue."

The Peanut shellers legislative counsel told the group that total dysfunction in Washington still has the Farm Bill in limbo.

The counsel said that the sequester should have no impact on the peanut industry.

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