2012 State Corn Crop estimated to be Up 6% From 2011

2012 State Corn Crop estimated to be Up 6% From 2011

Drought may decrease yields by a bushel yet increase in overall production is from jump in acres of corn planted.

Minnesota corn production, based on August 1 conditions, is forecast at 1.28 billion bushels, up 6% from 2011 production, according to the USDA-NASS Minnesota Field Office.

The yield forecast of 155 bushels per acre is down 1 bushel from 2011's yield of 156 bushels per acre. Expected area for harvest is 8.25 million acres, up from 7.7 million acres last year.

If realized, this would be a new record high for harvested for grain.

Soybean production is forecast at 263 million bushels, down 3% from last year's production. The yield is forecast at 38.0 bushels per acre, 0.5 bushel below 2011's yield. Expected area for harvest is 6.92 million acres.

2012 State Corn Crop estimated to be Up 6% From 2011

Spring wheat is estimated at 71.6 million bushels, up 4% from last year. Yield is estimated at 53.0 bushels per acre, up 3.0 bushels from the July forecast and up 7.0 bushels per acre from 2011.

Barley production is forecast at 5.90 million bushels, up 93% from 2011.  Yield is forecast at 59.0 bushels per acre, unchanged from July and up 8.0 bushels from last year.

Oat production is estimated at 8.32 million bushels, up 40% from last year.  Yield is forecast at 64.0 bushels per acre, unchanged from the July forecast but up 10.0 bushels from 2011.

Sugar beet production is estimated at 12.8 million tons, up 43% from 2011's production level.  Yield is estimated at 27.0 tons per acre, up 8.0 tons from last year's yield of 19.0 tons per acre.

If realized, this would be a new record high yield for sugar beets.

Dry bean production is estimated at 2.79 million hundredweight, up 22% from last year.  Yield is forecast at 1,800 pounds per acre, up 110 pounds per acre from 2011.

Alfalfa hay production is estimated at 2.90 million tons, down 29% from 2011.  Yield is forecast at 2.90 tons per acre, down 0.80 ton from the previous year.

Across the U.S., corn production is forecast at 10.8 billion bushels, down 13% from 2011 and the lowest production since 2006. Based on conditions as of August 1, yields are expected to average 123.4 bushels per acre, down 23.8 bushel from 2011. If realized this will be the lowest average yield since 1995.

U.S. soybean production is forecast at 2.69 billion bushels, down 12% from last year. Based on August 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 36.1 bushels per acre, down 5.4 bushels from last year. If realized, the average yield will be the lowest since 2003.

Other U.S. wheat production is forecast at 500 million bushels, up 6% from the July forecast and up 10% from last year. The expected area to be harvested for grain totals 11.7 million acres, unchanged from last month but down 3% from last year.

Source: USDA-NASS Minnesota Field Office

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