Soybean production is forecast at 127 million bushels, unchanged from the August forecast but up 13 percent from last year, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, North Dakota Field Office. Yields are expected to average 28.0 bushels per harvested acre, unchanged from August but down 0.5 bushels from 2011. Area to be harvested is estimated at 4.55 million acres, up from 3.95 million acres harvested last year.
Corn for grain production is forecast at 336 million bushels, up 5 percent from the August forecast and 55 percent from last year. Corn for grain yields are expected to average 105 bushels per harvested acre, up 5 bushels from August and unchanged from last year. Acreage to be harvested for grain is estimated at 3.2 million acres, up 55 percent from 2011’s harvested acres.
Sugarbeet production is forecast at 5.83 million tons, up 2 percent from the August forecast and 26 percent above last year. The average yield per harvested acre is expected to be 27.0 tons, up 0.5 ton from August and 6.5 tons from last year. Area to be harvested is estimated at 216,000 acres, down from 225,000 acres harvested in 2011.
United States Soybean production is forecast at 2.63 billion bushels, down 2 percent from August and down 14 percent from last year. Based on September 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 35.3 bushels per acre, down 0.8 bushel from last month and down 6.2 bushels from last year. Compared with last month, yield forecasts are lower or unchanged across the Great Plains and most of the Corn Belt as lingering drought conditions continued to hamper yield expectations.
Corn production is forecast at 10.7 billion bushels, down less than 1 percent from the August forecast and down 13 percent from 2011. This represents the lowest production in the United States since 2006. Based on conditions as of September 1, yields are expected to average 122.8 bushels per acre, down 0.6 bushel from the August forecast and 24.4 bushels below the 2011 average. If realized, this will be the lowest average yield since 1995.
Sugarbeet production for the 2012 crop year is forecast at 35.6 million tons, up 23 percent from last year. Producers expect to harvest 1.22 million acres, down slightly from the previous forecast. Expected yield is forecast at 29.3 tons per acre, an increase of 0.2 ton from last year. If realized, this will be a record yield for the United States.
Source: USDA NASS ND Field OfficeShare