ALBANY - Based on conditions as of Sept. 1, New York grain corn production is now expected to total 76.8 million bushels, a 7 percent decrease from the 82.5 million bushels produced in 2011, according to King Whetstone, U.S. Agriculture Department National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office director.
Acreage for grain harvest is estimated at 640,000 acres, 3 percent more than the 620,000 acres harvested for grain last year. Yields are expected to average 120 bushels per acre, a 1 bushel increase from the August forecast, but a 13 bushel decrease from 2011. U. S. corn production is forecast at 10.7 billion bushels, a less than 1 percent decrease from the August forecast and a 13 percent decrease from 2011. This represents the lowest production in the United States since 2006. Based on conditions as of Sept. 1, yields are expected to average 122.8 bushels per acre, a 0.6 bushel decrease from the August forecast and 24.4 bushels less than the 2011 average. If realized, it will be the lowest average yield since 1995. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 87.4 million acres, unchanged from the August forecast but a 4 percent increase from 2011.
Soybean production in New York is forecast at 14.5 million bushels, an increase of 22 percent from the 11.9 million bushels produced in 2011. Acreage for harvest is a record high 337,000 acres, an increase of 22 percent from the 277,000 acres harvested last year. Yields are expected to average 43 bushels per acre, 1 bushel more than last month. U.S. soybean production is forecast at 2.63 billion bushels, a decrease of 2 percent from August and a decrease of 14 percent from last year. Based on Sept. 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 35.3 bushels per acre, a .8 bushel decrease from last month and a 6.2 bushel decrease 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. Area for harvest in the United States is forecast at 74.6 million acres, unchanged from August but an increase of 1 percent from last year.