Wheeler County Agriculture Overview

Mike Hayes, Wheeler County Extension Coordinator, provided information to the Georgia Peanut Tour attendees regarding agriculture production in Wheeler County.  He says, peanut acreage is about half of what it was 20 years ago. Peanut acreage for 2009 is 786 acres with 90% irrigated and 100% strip tilled. Growers have had several problems this year with weed control and cost of production. The county is still in the peanut business mainly for rotaton with cotton.  Wheeler County has also lost some of their peanut infrastructure in the county by losing the local peanut buying point. Soybeans is the counties largest crop followed by cotton and corn. Many farmers have also diversified by growing snap beans, watermelon, cantaloupe and other vegetables.