The United States accounts for approximately 3 percent of the world’s peanut acres but grows almost 10 percent of the world’s peanuts thanks to higher yields per acre in the U.S. In 2017, 5.7 billion pounds of peanuts were produced in the United States.
Peanuts are grown commercially in 13 U.S. states with Georgia growing about 45 percent of all U.S. peanuts. Georgia, along with Florida, Alabama, Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina produce nearly all of the U.S. peanut crop. Mississippi, Virginia, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, Louisiana and Missouri combined produce about 6 percent of the U.S. peanut crop.
Peanut producing states are grouped into three regions. The Southeast region which includes Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi; the Southwest region, made up of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico; and the Virginia-Carolina region. Sixty-eight percent of all U.S. peanuts are grown in the Southeast region, 18 percent in the Southwest region and 13 percent in the Virginia-Carolina region.
The U.S. is a leading world exporter of peanuts with average annual exports of 225,000 metric tons. The largest export market for U.S. peanuts is Canada, followed by Mexico. If you are looking to connect with U.S. peanut farmers, US Farm Data can provide you with an exceptionally targeted list of prospects.