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USDA Prospective Planting report is based on surveys and interviews with growers conducted the first two weeks of March.

More cotton, less peanuts and other crop prognostications for Southeast

The always anticipated USDA Prospective Planting report hit fields March 29.

Southeast farmers propose to plant less peanuts and more cotton in 2018.

The always anticipated USDA Prospective Planting report hit fields March 29 and it had some interesting keep points relating to the Southeast. The report is based on surveys and interviews with growers conducted the first two weeks of March.

Key findings for some Southeast states:

Alabama: Corn planted is estimated at 260,000 acres, up 4 percent from 2017. Cotton planted is forecast up 8 percent at 470,000 acres. Peanuts at 160,000 acres are down 18 percent from the 2017 planted acres. Soybeans planted are 350,000 acres, no change from the 2017 planted acres. Winter wheat planted for 2018 is up 27 percent from last year.

Florida: Corn planted is estimated at 70,000 acres, down 7 percent from 2017. Cotton planted is forecast up 21 percent at 120,000 acres. Peanuts at 150,000 acres are down 23 percent from the 2017 planted acres. Soybeans planted at 15,000 acres is unchanged from last year. Winter wheat planted for 2018 is up 25 percent from last year.

Georgia: Corn planted is estimated at 330,000 acres, up 14 percent from 2017. Cotton planted is forecast up 13 percent at 1.45 million acres. Peanuts at 720,000 acres are down 14 percent from the 2017 planted acres. Soybeans planted at 170,000 acres are up 10 percent from last year. Winter wheat planted at 180,000 acres for 2018 is up 13 percent from last year.

South Carolina: Corn planted is estimated at 340,000 acres, down 3 percent from 2017. Cotton planted is forecast up 14 percent to 285,000 acres. Peanuts at 100,000 acres are down 18 percent from the 2017 planted acres. Soybeans planted at 380,000 acres are down 5 percent from the 2017 planted acres. Winter wheat planted at 75,000 acres is down 17 percent from last year.

Tennessee: Tobacco set is 9,500 acres for harvest, down 2,500 acres from 2017. Producers intend to set 7,000 acres of dark-fired tobacco in Tennessee, down 500 acres from the previous year. Acreage set to dark-air tobacco was estimated at 1,600 acres, unchanged from 2017. Soybean to total 1.6 million acres, down 90,000 acres from the previous year. Upland cotton acreage forecasted at 350,000, up 5,000 acres from 2017. Corn is unchanged from 2017 at 750,000 acres. Winter wheat seeded in the fall of 2017 totaled 400,000 acres, up 30,000 acres from previous year.

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