Wiregrass Crop Projections

By: WTVY News 4
By: WTVY News 4

2012 was a record year for the peanut crop.

In the state of Alabama alone there were 218 thousand acres of peanuts.

Thanks to last year's enormous supply, the demand for peanuts this year is down.

For the 2013 season, the state of Alabama is projected to have between 150 and 170 thousand acres.

But farmers in the Wiregrass won't let that land go to waste.

Kris Balkcom of the Wiregrass Research and Extension Agency says, “The cotton acres in this area will increase due to the fact that we are going to decrease peanut acres here. So, we got to put that to another crop and cotton always goes good in rotation with peanuts.”

Agronomists say rotating cotton and peanuts keeps the soil fresh and disease free.

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