Corn production for Minnesota is forecast at 1.26 billion bushels, down 1% from the August 1 forecast and down 2% from last year's record production level of 1.29 billion bushels, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Minnesota Field Office.
Based on September 1 conditions, yield is forecast at 165 bushels per acre, down 1 bushel from last month, and down 12 bushels from last year's record yield of 177 bushels per acre. Acres to be harvested for grain, at 7.65 million, are up 5% from last year. If realized, this harvested area will be the second largest on record behind 2007.
Soybean production is forecast at 292 million bushels, up 3% from last month's forecast, but down 11% from last year. Soybean yield is forecast at 41 bushels per acre, up 1 bushel from last month's forecast, but down 4 bushels from 2010. Acres for harvest, at 7.11 million, are down 3% from last year.
The sugarbeet crop is forecast at 9.47 million tons, down 9% from last month and down 19% from 2010. 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. Acres for harvest are up 5% from last year.
Source: NASS-Minnesota Field Office