2012 Planting Projections

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2012 Prospective Plantings

ISSN: 1949-159X

Released March 30, 2012, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Peanut Area Planted – States and United States: 2010-2012
Area Planted
State 2010 2011 2012* Percent of Previous Year
  1,000 acres Percent
Alabama 190.0 170.0 210.0 124
Florida 145.0 170.0 190.0 112
Georgia 565.0 475.0 570.0 120
Mississippi 19.0 15.0 50.0 333
New Mexico 10.0 6.6 7.0 106
North Carolina 87.0 82.0 100.0 122
Oklahoma 22.0 24.0 27.0 113
South Carolina 67.0 77.0 105.0 136
Texas 165.0 105.0.0 140.0 133
Virginia 18.0 16.0 23.0 144
United States 1288.0 1140.0 1422.0 125

* Intended plantings in 2012 as indicated by reports from farmers.

Peanuts: Growers intend to plant 1.42 million acres in 2012, up 25 percent from the previous year. Record high planted area is expected in South Carolina. If realized, planted area in Florida and Mississippi will be the highest since 1951 and 1943, respectively.

The expected increase in planted area is largely driven by higher peanut prices and low supply. Last year growers decreased peanut acres in many States due to higher prices of competing commodities. Strong demand left peanuts in short supply, indicating the need to increase production in 2012.

Listed below is the commodity statistician in the Crops Branch of the National Agricultural Statistics Service to contact for additional information. E-mail inquiries may be sent to nass@nass.usda.gov

Suzanne Avilla – Peanuts, Rice…………………………………… (202) 720-7688

Article first appeared as North Carolina Peanut Note (PNNC-2012-009)