Va. Peanut Crop Up 9.5% Percent Over Last Year

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Well-timed rain is helping boost predictions of a bumper crop for Virginia peanut farmers this year.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says experts predict peanut producers will harvest about 23,000 acres, which is 9.5 percent more than the 21,000 acres harvested in 2007.

They also are calling for a higher-than-expected average yield of about 2,800 pounds per acre, an increase of about 4 percent over last year's 2,700-pound yield.

Last year, the peanut industry ranked 19th among Virginia's top 20 commodities with cash receipts of $12 million and ninth based on production among other peanut-producing states.

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