Mississippi peanut plans more than double last year's

By The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — The National Agricultural Statistics Service says Mississippi farmers plan to plant more than twice as many acres in peanuts this year than they did last year.

The federal agency says that would be the highest total since 1943. It says farmers nationwide are planning to put more land into peanuts, because demand is high and supplies are low.

The annual survey found that peanut growers in Mississippi intend to plant 50,000 acres, up 233 percent from last year.

Cotton producers intend to plant 580,000 acres this year, down 8 percent from the previous year.

The largest decrease is in rice. Farmers told the U.S. Department of Agriculture agency that they plan to sow 135,000 acres in rice — down 16 percent from last year’s total.