State Row Crop Production Strong Despite Dryness

Corn is on track for new record in acres harvested for grain.

Published on: Oct 17, 2012

Corn production for Minnesota, based on October 1 conditions, is forecast at 1.39 billion bushels, up 8 percent from the September 1 forecast and up 15 percent from last year's production of 1.20 billion bushels, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Minnesota Field Office.

Yield is forecast at 168 bushels per acre, up 12 bushels from last month, and up 12 bushels from last year's 156 bushels per acre. Acres to be harvested for grain, at 8.25 million, are up 7 percent from last year. If realized, this would be a new record high for acres harvested for grain.

Soybean production is forecast at 300 million bushels, up 14 percent from last month's forecast, and up 9 percent from last year. Soybean yield is forecast at 43 bushels per acre, up 5 bushels from last month's forecast, and 4 bushels above 2011's yield.  Planted acres were updated to 7.05 million acres. Updated acres to be harvested are 6.97 million, down 1 percent from last year.

State Row Crop Production Strong Despite Dryness
State Row Crop Production Strong Despite Dryness

Sugarbeet production is forecast at 12.8 million tons, up 43 percent from 2011. Planted acres of 490 thousand are up 2 percent over last year and harvested acres of 473 thousand are up 1 percent over last year. Yield is forecast at 27.0 tons per acre, up 42 percent from last year.

Dry bean production is estimated at 2.91 million hundredweight, up 28 percent from last year. Yield is forecast at 1,880 pounds per acre, compared to 1,690 pounds per acre a year ago.  Planted acres are estimated at 160 thousand acres, up 20 thousand acres from last year.  Harvested acres are 155 thousand, up 20 thousand acres from last year.

All sunflower production is forecast at 81.8 million pounds, up 77 percent from 2011. Yield is forecast at 1,778 pounds per acre compared to 1,246 pounds per acre in 2011.  Planted area is estimated to be 49,000 acres. Harvested area is estimated to be 46,000 acres, up 24 percent from last year.

Oil sunflower planted acres are estimated at 38,000 acres with 36,000 acres to be harvested. Non-oil sunflower planted acres are estimated at 11,000 acres with 10,000 acres to be harvested.

Nationally, corn production is forecast at 10.7 billion bushels, down slightly from the September forecast and down 13 percent from 2011. This represents the lowest production in the United States since 2006. Based on conditions as of October 1, yields are expected to average 122.0 bushels per acre, down 0.8 bushel from the September forecast and 25.2 bushels below the 2011 average. If realized, this will be the lowest average yield since 1995. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 87.7 million acres, up less than 1 percent from the September forecast and up 4 percent from 2011. Acreage updates were made in several States based on administrative data.

Soybena production is forecast at 2.86 billion bushels, up 9 percent from September but down 8 percent from last year. Based on October 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 37.8 bushels per acre, up 2.5 bushel from last month but down 4.1 bushels from last year. Compared with last month, yield forecasts are higher or unchanged across all States. Area for harvest in the United States is forecast at 75.7 million acres, up 1 percent from September and up 3 percent from last year. Acreage updates were made in several States based on administrative data.

Source: USDA NASS Minnesota Field Office