Georgia: increase in cotton production and decline in exports of animal products
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your agribusiness update.
**Georgia cotton production is expected to increase in 2022, but Georgia’s other major crops may decline according to USDA’s August crop production report.
The forecast for cotton, at 2.3 million bales, is up 4% from 2021.
Corn for grain is forecast at 64.7 million bushels, down 20% from last year.
Peanuts at 3.26 billion pounds, down 2%.
Georgia soybeans, at 5.5 million bushels, are down 11%.
And peaches, at 26,000 tonnes, are down 26%.
** The USDA announced another phase of assistance to commodity and specialty crop growers affected by natural disasters in 2020 and 21.
More than 18,000 growers will soon be receiving new or updated pre-populated disaster applications in the mail to compensate for eligible crop losses.
About $6.4 billion has already reached 165,000 farmers through the Farm Service Agency’s emergency relief program.
** The number of US exports of certain animal products in the first half of 2022 was down from the first half of last year.
Exports of eggs and turkey, down 38% and 20% respectively, were affected by the avian flu epidemic.
Egg exports, down 38%, saw significant declines in major markets such as Mexico, Japan and Hong Kong.
Turkey’s exports to Mexico, one of the main destinations, fell by 18%.
Pork exports fell 18% due to weaker Asian demand.