Georgia Soybean Planting Up 21% and Tractor/Combine Sales Down
**Georgia soybean producers intend to increase planted acreage by 21% this year, according to the Prospective Plantings Report from the USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service.
www.gfb.org reports, producers intend to plant 170,000 acres of soybeans, up from 140,000 last year and 100,000 acres in 2020.
Georgia farmers are expected to plant fewer acres in corn, cotton, peanuts and winter wheat, but tobacco acreage remains unchanged.
Nationwide, soybean acreage is estimated to be up 4%.
**March saw the first decline in ag tractor and combine sales since July of last year, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.
U.S. total farm tractor sales fell 21.1 % for the month of March compared to 2021.
U.S. combine sales for the month dropped 10.2% to 343 units sold.
Total farm tractor sales are now down 7.9% year-to-date, while combines sales are down 19.2%.
**The number of highly pathogenic avian influenza cases in the U.S. are outpacing the 2014/2015 outbreak.
But the American Farm Bureau Federation says the higher numbers might be attributed to improvements in detection and
Farm Bureau economists found as of April 7, there have been more than 600 detections of bird flu in wild birds across 31 states, and 158 detections in commercial and backyard flocks across 25 states.