Area USDA crop production reports

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South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS — Based on September 1 conditions, South Dakota’s corn crop is forecast at a record high 814 million bushels, up 1 percent from last year, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Acreage harvested for grain is estimated at 5.50 million acres, down 6 percent from 2013. Average yield is forecast at 148 bushels per acre up 10 bushels from last year.

Soybean production in South Dakota is forecast at a record high 206 million bushels, 13 percent above last year. Area for harvest, at a record high 4.91 million acres, is up 7 percent from 2013. Yield is forecast at 42.0 bushels per acre, up 2 bushels from 2013, and tying a record high.

Sorghum production is forecast at 12.2 million bushels, down 45 percent from 2013. Acreage harvested for grain is estimated at 150,000 acres, is down 45 percent from 2013. Yield, at a record 81.0 bushels per acre, is up 1 bushel from last year.

North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. — Based on September 1 conditions, North Dakota’s 2014 soybean crop is forecast at a record high 196 million bushels, up 42 percent from last year, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Area for harvest, at a record high 5.95 million acres, is up 29 percent from last year. Average yield is forecast at 33.0 bushels per acre, up 3 bushels from 2013.

Corn production is forecast at 376 million bushels, down 5 percent from last year. Acreage harvested for grain is estimated at 2.85 million acres, down 21 percent from 2013. Average yield is forecast at 132 bushels per acre, up 22 bushels from last year, and ties the 2010 record high.

Sugarbeet production is forecast at 5.06 million tons, 11 percent below last year’s crop. Area for harvest, at 211,000 acres, is down 6 percent from last year. Average yield is forecast at 24.0 tons per acre, down 1.3 tons from 2013.

Minnesota

Minnesota corn production is forecast at 1.36 billion bushels, 4 percent above the 2013 production and 1 percent above the August forecast, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Crop Production report. Based on September 1 conditions, corn yields are expected to average 170 bushels per acre, up 10 bushels from 2013 and 2 bushels above the August forecast. Acres harvested for grain remained unchanged at 8.00 million acres.

Soybean production is estimated at 312 million bushels, up 15 percent from last year’s 271 million bushels. Soybean yield is forecast at 42.0 bushels per acre, unchanged from the August forecast. Area harvested remained unchanged at 7.42 million acres.

Sugarbeet production is forecast at 10.1 million tons, down 8 percent from 2013 but up 7 percent from the August forecast. Yield is forecast at 23.3 tons per acre, down 2.7 tons from last year but up 1.3 ton from the August forecast. Acres for harvest are up 2 percent from last year at 435 thousand acres.

All crop forecasts in this report are based on September 1 conditions and do not reflect weather effects since that time. The next production forecasts, based on conditions as of October 1, will be released on October 10.

Iowa

Iowa’s corn production is forecast at a record 2.44 billion bushels, 13 percent above 2013 production according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Crop Production report. As of September 1, Iowa’s corn crop is forecast to yield a record 185 bushels per acre, 20 bushels higher than in 2013 but unchanged from the August 1 forecast. If realized, the yield will be 3 bushels higher than the previous high set in 2009. Corn planted and harvested for grain acreage is estimated at 13.6 million and 13.2 million acres, respectively.

Forecasted production and yield is up from 2013 in all Iowa districts. Three districts are forecast to have record yields, and all remaining districts are in the top three highest yielding years. Central Iowa is anticipated to have the highest yield in the state, with 193 bushels per acre. West Central Iowa is anticipated to have the largest production in the state, with 388 million bushels.

Soybean production is forecast at 512 million bushels, up 25 percent from last year’s production of 411 million bushels. The September 1 yield forecast of 51.0 bushels per acre is up 6.5 bushels from 2013, and up 1.0 bushel from the August forecast. Iowa farmers planted 10.1 million acres of soybeans and plan to harvest 10.0 million acres.

Production and yield is forecast to be up in all Iowa districts. Northwest and West Central Iowa are expected to have the highest average yield, at 52.5 bushels per acre. Northwest Iowa is anticipated to have the largest production, with 85.1 million bushels. The largest increase in yield is expected in South Central Iowa, where yields are forecast to average 12.1 bushels per acre more than 2013.

All crop forecasts in this report are based on September 1 conditions and do not reflect weather effects since that time. The next district corn and soybean production forecasts, based on conditions as of October 1, will be released on October 14.

Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. — Based on September 1 conditions, Nebraska’s 2014 corn crop is forecast at 1.57 billion bushels, down 4 percent from last year, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Acreage harvested for grain is estimated at 8.75 million acres, down 8 percent from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at a record high 179 bushels per acre, up 9 bushels from last year.

Soybean production in Nebraska is forecast at a record high 284 million bushels, 12 percent above last year. Area for harvest, at 5.35 million acres, is up 12 percent from 2013. Yield is forecast at 53 bushels per acre, unchanged from a year ago.

Sorghum production of 7.30 million bushels is down 22 percent from a year ago. Area for grain harvest of 100,000 acres is down 29 percent from last year. Yield is forecast at 73 bushels per acre, up 6 bushels from last year.

Sugarbeet production is forecast at 1.36 million tons, up 4 percent from 2013. Area for harvest, at 46,000 acres, is up 4 percent from last year. Yield is estimated at 29.6 tons per acre, down slightly from the 29.7 tons of a year ago.