Strong Year for Peanuts
The USDA has released the final look at the US peanut harvest for 2021. Florida is number one in harvest rate but all major peanut growers are doing well.
Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist says 96% of the crop was harvested by the final November survey.
Rippey: “ For the first time this year we have caught up with the national average which is also 96%. A year ago at this date, we had seen harvest completion also at 96%. Our first state to finish the harvest is Florida coming in at 100% harvested, on par with the 5-year average. If you look at the 8 reporting states, all of them are within 1 point of the normal pace or at the normal pace, or ahead of the normal pace. So all 8 states are doing quite well. The one state with the most peanuts left to harvest is Texas coming in at 88% harvested. But even there, that’s equal to the 5-year average.”
As Rippey said, 100% of the crop in Florida has been harvested.
In Georgia, 97% of peanuts have been harvested. Last year at this time 98% had been harvested which is the 5-year average.
In Alabama, 97% of the crop had been harvested, which compares to 98% last year, and the 5-year average is 97%