Georgia's wheat, peach production up

The results of the June 1 Ag Yield survey show Georgia’s wheat yield up 1 bushel per acre from the May 1 forecast, according to the USDA, NASS, state field office.

Based on a sample of growers contacted on or about June 1, wheat averaged 55 bushels per acre, a record high, and 15 bushels per acre more than in 2007. The higher than normal yields have been attributed to the excellent growing conditions for the wheat crop.

Crop development has been slightly behind normal. Disease and insect pressure has been at a minimum this year as growers are spraying more.

Harvesting progress is slightly behind normal. Acreage harvested for grain is estimated at 350,000 acres, up 120,000 acres from 2007. Production now is expected to total 19.3 million bushels, more than double last year's production.

The initial forecast for Georgia's peach production is 35,000 tons, almost 3 times larger than last year's freeze devastated crop of 13,000 tons, but 15 percent less than 2006.

Several nights of freezing temperatures in mid-April damaged peaches throughout the state. Losses were highly variable, depending of variety and orchard location. Harvest as of June 9 was 54 percent complete, compared with the five-year average of 61 percent.

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