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|Paynesville Press - August 16, 2006|
Yields for corn, soybean down, according to forecast
Corn production for Minnesota is forecasted at 1.09 billion bushels, nine percent below the 2005 record of 1.19 billion bushels, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Minnesota Field Office.|
The August 1st yield is forecasted at 160 bushels per acre, down 14 bushels from last year's record yield of 174 bushels per acre. Corn for grain harvested is estimated at 6.8 million acres, down one percent from last year.
Soybean production is forecasted at 266 million bushels, down 13 percent from last year. Based on August 1st conditions, the yield is forecast at 37 bushels per acre, eight bushels below the record yield of 45 bushels per acre in 2005.
The spring wheat crop is estimated at 68.2 million bushels, down four percent from last year. Yield is estimated at 44 bushels per acre, up four bushels from the July forecast, and up three bushels per acre from last year.
Barley production is forecast at 5.0 million bushels, unchanged from last month, but up 29 percent from 2005. Yield is forecast at 50 bushels per acre, unchanged from July, but up 17 bushels per acre from last year.
Oat production is estimated at 11.6 million bushels, down six percent from last month and down nine percent from last year. Yield is forecasted at 61 bushels per acre, down four bushels from July and down one bushel from last year.
The sugarbeet crop is estimated at 11.3 million tons, up 20 percent from 2005. Yield is estimated at 22.7 tons per acre, up 2.3 tons per acre from last year. If realized, yield and production would be the largest on record for Minnesota.
This year's dry bean production is estimated at 1.9 million hundredweight, down 22 percent from last year. Yield is forecasted at 1,450 pounds per acre, 350 pounds per acre less than last year's record yield of 1,800 pounds per acre.
Minnesota's alfalfa hay production is estimated at 4.3 million tons, down nine percent from 2005. Yield is forecasted at 3.3 tons per acre, down 0.2 tons per acre from last year.
Soybean production is forecasted at 2.93 billion bushels, down five percent from 2005 and down six percent from 2004. Based on August 1st conditions, yields are expected to average 39.6 bushels per acre, down 3.7 bushels from the record high U.S. yield set last year.
Spring wheat production is forecasted at 464 million bushels, down slightly from last month and eight percent below 2005. Area harvested for grain totals 14.2 million acres, unchanged from last month but up four percent from last year.
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