The effect of the law - and the labor shortage - on future crop prospects also was revealed by the survey. About seven out of 10 growers responded to a question asking how the 2011 labor shortage would affect planting in 2012.
For vegetable growers who responded, 53% said they would be decreasing their acreage in 2012, with most expecting declines of 25% to 50%. The survey found 45% of the growers said they would maintain their current acreage next year and 2% said they would increase their acreage.
Conducted by the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, the full report was expected to be released by Oct. 8. Along with the LaGrange, Ga.-based Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Association, other groups that assisted with funding the study included the Georgia Farm Bureau, Georgia Peach Council, Georgia Watermelon Association, Georgia Blueberry Growers Association and the Vidalia Onion Business Council.