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Where Peanuts Grow

Peanuts are grown in the warm climates of Asia, Africa, Australia, and North and South America. India and China together account for more than half of the world's production. The United States has about 3% of the world acreage of peanuts, but grows nearly 10% of the world's crop because of higher yields per acre. Other major peanut growing countries include Senegal, Sudan, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, Malawi, and Nigeria.

In the U.S. these are the major peanut producing states:
VIRGINIA, NORTH CAROLINA, SOUTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA
FLORIDA, ALABAMA, TEXAS, OKLAHOMA, NEW MEXICO, MISSISSIPPI


Peanut Producing States
In the United States, ten states grow 99% of the U. S. peanut crop: Georgia (which grows about 42% of all U. S. peanuts), followed by Texas, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Virginia, Oklahoma and New Mexico. These states are grouped into three regions. The Georgia-Florida-Alabama-Mississippi region (Southeast) grows mostly the medium-kernels Runner peanuts. The Southwest region (Texas-Oklahoma-New Mexico) grows Spanish, Runner and some Virginia type varieties. The Virginia-Carolina area grows mostly the large-kerneled Virginia type peanut. About 68% of all U. S. peanuts are grown in the Southeast, with the Virginia/Carolina area accounting for about 13% and the Southwest, about 18%.


Peanuts:  Area Harvested, Yield, and Production

by State and United States, 2012-2013

State

Area Harvested

Yield

Production

2012

 2013

2012

2013

2011

2012

2013
1,000 Acres 1,000
Acres

Pounds/Acre  Pounds/Acre

  Tons

Tons

 Tons
Alabama 219.0  138.0 4,000  3,550 244,850 438,000 244,950
Florida 195.0 130.0
3,900  3,950 274,750 380,250  256,750
Georgia 730.0
 426.0 4,580  4,430  822,875 1,671,700 943,590
Mississippi 49.0
 33.0 4,400  3,500 28,000 107,800  57,750
New Mexico 10.0
 7.0 2,600  3,300 9,900 13,000 11,550
North Carolina 106.0
 81.0   4,100  3,900 145,800 217,300 157,950
Oklahoma 22.0  16.0 3,650
 3,700  27,300 40,150  29,600
South Carolina 107.0
 78.0 3,900  3,500 120,450 208,650  136,500
Texas 146.0  117.0 3,600  3,700 124,620 262,800  216,450
Virginia 20.0
 16.0 4,200  4,000 42,000 42,000  32,000
               
United States 1,604.0 1,042.0 4,217  4,006  1,829,295 3,381,650 2,087,090

 

Last Updated ( Jan 27, 2014 at 10:07 AM )