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Good supplies seen for most nut varieties from 2012 harvest

Good supplies of most types of nuts should be available for fall and winter from the 2012 harvest, with record production seen in some items. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has projected possible record production for peanuts in Georgia, with planted acreage up close to 60 percent over last year. The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, Sept. 12, forecast a total harvest of 2.8 million pounds of peanuts in Georgia for 2012, up from 1.6 million pounds last year.

Close to008-DateNut-NutsAn almond on the tree. (Photo courtesy of the Almond Board of California) half of the nation's peanut crop comes from Georgia, but production is up in all other states as well. Florida, the second-largest peanut producing state, is projected to have a 740,000-pound crop, up from 549,000 pounds last year. Alabama, the third largest peanut producing state, is projected to have 688,000 pounds this year, up from 498,000 last year. Texas will come in fourth place this year with 551,000 pounds, more than double the 2011 production.

Total U.S. peanut production for 2012 is projected to be 5.9 million pounds, up from 3.6 million in 2011.

In almonds, the NASS, on June 29, projected a record crop of 2.1 billion meat pounds for 2012 on some 780,000 acres. The forecast is up three percent from last year's crop. California produces about 80 percent of the world's almonds.

California also accounts for about 99 percent of the commercial walnut crop in the United States. The NASS 2012 forecast for California walnuts is up two percent from last year, at 470,000 tons, but is short of a record. The record harvest was 504,000 tons in 2010. Bearing acreage is 24,000 acres.

Pistachio growers in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada are expecting a record crop of 550 to 575 million pounds, according to a July 27 announcement by American Pistachio Growers.

The United States produces about 80 percent of the world's almond crop, with Georgia, Texas and New Mexico topping the charts. Total U.S. production in 2011 was around 270 million pounds, and that is expected to be up this year, although there is some concern that recent tropical storm damage could reduce numbers in some areas.