Corn production for Minnesota is forecast at 1.26 billion bushels, down 2% from last year, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, Minnesota Field Office.
Based on October 1 conditions, yield is forecast at 165 bushels per acre, unchanged from the September 1 forecast, but down 12 bushels from last year. Planted acres are estimated at 8.10 million, an increase of 400,000 acres from last year. Acres to be harvested for grain, at 7.65 million, are up 5% from last year. If realized this will be the second largest harvested area behind 2007.
Soybean production is forecast at 287 million bushels, down 1% from last month's forecast, and down 13% from last year. Soybean yield is forecast at 41 bushels per acre, unchanged from the September 1 forecast, but down 4 bushels from 2010. Soybean planted acres are estimated to be 7.10 million acres, down 100,000 acres from the June Acreage report, and down 300 thousand acres from last year. Acres for harvest, at 7.01 million, are down 100,000 acres from last month, and down 300,000 acres from last year.
The sugarbeet crop is forecast at 9.47 million tons, down 19% from 2010. While planted acres of 485,000 are up 8% over last year, harvested acres of 462,000 are up only 5% over last year. Yield is forecast at 20.5 tons per acre, down 6.1 tons per acre from last year's record yield of 26.6 tons per acre.
Dry bean production is estimated at 2.26 million hundredweight, down 26% from last year. Yield is forecast at 1,740 pounds per acre, compared to 1,750 pounds per acre a year ago. Planted acres are estimated at 140,000 acres, down 45,000 acres from last year. Harvested acres are 130,000, down 45,000 acres from last year.
All sunflower production is forecast at 47.8 million pounds, down 59% from 2010. Yield is forecast at 1,257 pounds per acre compared to 1,424 pounds per acre in 2010. Planted area is estimated to be 40,000 acres. Harvested area is estimated to be 38,000 acres, down 54% from last year. If realized this will be the lowest harvested area on record.
Source: USDA NASS Minnesota Field Office