Drought conditions across much of the major crop production areas in Michigan have caused sharp declines in the yields of most spring planted field crops, according to Jay Johnson, director of the USDA, NASS, Michigan Field Office. Highlights of the Crop Production Report, which is based on conditions as of August 1, are as follows:
Michigan corn producers expect a yield of 114 bushels per acre, down 39 bushels from the previous year. If realized, this will be the lowest yield since 2001.
Soybean production in the state is expected to total 71.64 million bushels, down 16% from a year earlier. The yield is forecast at 36 bushels per acre, down 8 bushels from last year.
Sugarbeet growers estimate a yield of 28 tons per acre, up 4 tons from last year.
Winter wheat, in Michigan, is expected to total 39.96 million bushels, down 22% from last year. The yield is forecast at 74 bushels, down 1 bushel from the previous year.
Producers of dry beans are expecting their crop to yield 1,800 pounds per acre, down 200 pounds from last year.
Michigan's all hay yield is forecast at 2.32 tons per acre, down 0.43 tons over last year.
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 bushels from 2011. If realized, this will be the lowest average yield since 1995.
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.