Georgia's wheat yield down from June 1 forecast

The July 1 crop report shows Georgia’s wheat yield was down from the June 1 forecast, according to the USDA, NASS, Georgia Field Office.

Based on a sample of growers contacted on or about July 1, wheat averaged 38 bushels per acre, down 2 bushels from the June 1 forecast. The drought and the Easter freeze had a more adverse effect on the crop than earlier thought.

Acreage harvested for grain is estimated at 250,000 acres, 130,000 acres more than last year.

Production now is expected to total 9.5 million bushels, 62 percent more than in 2006. Harvest was nearing completion by the end of June.

The July 1 survey indicated Georgia's 2007 tobacco yield will be above last year's yield. This initial forecast puts Georgia's average yield at 2,000 pounds per acre, 230 pounds more than in 2006. Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus has been reported in some tobacco.

At the end of June the crop was considered in fair to good condition.

Acres are up this year, with harvested acreage expected to total 20,000 acres, up 18 percent or 3,000 acres from 2006. If these projections are realized, production will amount to 40.0 million pounds, 33 percent more than in 2006.

The second forecast for Georgia's 2007 peach production is down. The continued drought and the Easter freeze reduced potential production and fruit size more than originally thought. The dry weather, however, has produced an excellent quality peach.

Production is now expected to total 13,000 tons, down 4,000 tons from the June forecast, and 28,000 tons less than in 2006. Harvesting progress is well ahead of normal. The crop was considered to be in mostly poor condition. By the end of June, 60 percent of the crop had been harvested.

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