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Pennsylvania Corn, Soybeans, Potatoes Up From 2011

12/1/2012 7:00 AM

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s corn and soybean production based on Nov. 1 conditions is forecast to be even higher than last month’s forecast, as producers reported higher than expected yields closer to fall harvest, according to the Pennsylvania Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Pennsylvania corn, soybean, and potato crops this year are all expected to exceed 2011 production levels.

Corn for grain production is forecast at 130 million bushels, 22 percent more than last year. Acreage for harvest is estimated at 1 million acres, the largest since 2000. The forecasted average yield is 130 bushels per acre, up three bushels from the October forecast, and up 19 bushels from last year.

Soybean production is forecast at 24.4 million bushels, up 13 percent from last year’s production. If realized, this will break last year’s record for Pennsylvania soybean production.

Acreage for soybean harvest is estimated at 520,000 acres, compared with 490,000 acres last year. Yield is expected to average 47 bushels per acre, up two bushels from the October forecast and up three bushels from last year’s final yield.

If realized, this would break the Pennsylvania yield record of 46 bushels per acre set in 2009 and 2004.

Potato production is forecast at 2.15 million hundredweight, 6 percent more than last year. Acreage for harvest is expected to be 8,600, up 800 acres from last year. Yield is expected to average 250 hundredweight per acre, compared with a yield of 260 an acre last year.

United States’ corn production is forecast at 10.7 billion bushels, up slightly from the October forecast but down 13 percent from 2011. If realized, this will be the lowest production in the United States since 2006.

Based on conditions as of Nov. 1, yields were expected to average 122.3 bushels per acre, up 0.3 bushel from the October forecast but down 24.9 bushels from 2011.

If realized, this will be the lowest average yield since 1995. Area harvested for grain was forecast at 87.7 million acres, unchanged from the October forecast and up 4 percent from 2011.

Soybean production is forecast at 2.97 billion bushels, up 4 percent from the October forecast but down 4 percent from last year.

Based on Nov. 1 conditions, yields were expected to average 39.3 bushels per acre, up 1.5 bushels from last month but down 2.6 bushels from last year. Area for harvest is forecast at 75.7 million acres, unchanged from October and up 3 percent from 2011.

Production of fall potatoes for 2012 is forecast at 422 million hundredweight, up 8 percent from last year. Area harvested, at 991,500 acres, is 6 percent above the 2011 estimate. The average yield forecast, at 426 hundredweight per acre, is up 10 from last year’s yield.


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