Peanuts

Peanuts are a small crop in Arkansas, but production will almost double this season.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service issued forecasts for Arkansas corn production and for other crops on Monday.

Corn, cotton, hay and peanut production will be up – with the small peanut crop almost doubling – from 2018. Rice and soybean production will be down.

Arkansas corn for grain production is forecast at 135 million bushels, up 16 percent from 2018. Based on conditions as of August 1, corn yield is expected to average 180 bushels per acre, down 1 bushel from last year. Producers expect to harvest 750,000 acres of corn for grain, up 105,000 acres from 2018.

Upland cotton production is forecast at 1.47 million bales, up 30 percent, or 337,000 bales above last year. Yield is expected to average 1,157 pounds per harvested acre, up 24 pounds from 2018. Producers expect to harvest 610,000 acres of cotton, up 130,000 acres from 2018.

Hay production, excluding alfalfa, is forecast at 2.48 million tons, up 15 percent from 2018. Based on conditions as of August 1, yield is expected to average 2.10 tons per acre, up 0.30 ton from last year. Producers expect to harvest 1.18 million acres of hay, excluding alfalfa, down 20,000 acres from 2018.

Peanut production in 2019 is forecast at 220 million pounds, up 91 percent from last year. Based on August 1 conditions, yield is expected to average 5,000 pounds per acre, unchanged from last year. Area for harvest, at 44,000 acres, is up 21,000 acres from 2018.

All rice production for the state is forecast at 95.1 million hundredweight, down 11 percent from last year's production of 107 million hundredweight. Based on conditions as of August 1, the all rice yield for 2019 is forecast at 7,450 pounds per acre, down 70 pounds from last year. Producers expect to harvest 1.28 million acres of rice, down 151,000 acres from 2018.

Soybean production in 2019 is forecast at 135 million bushels, down 18 percent from last year. Based on August 1 conditions, yield is expected to average 51 bushels per acre, unchanged from last year. Area for harvest, at 2.65 million acres, is down 590,000 acres from 2018.

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