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 755 million bushels, down 4 percent from last year, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Acreage harvested for grain is estimated at 4.75 million acres, down 11 percent from 2014. Average yield is forecast at a record high 159 bushels per acre, up 11 bushels from last year.

Soybean production in South Dakota is forecast at a record high 233 million bushels, 1 percent above last year. Area for harvest, at 5.06 million acres, is down 1 percent from 2014. Yield is forecast at a record high 46.0 bushels per acre, up 1 bushel from 2014.

Sorghum production is forecast at 11.7 million bushels, up 24 percent from last year. Acreage harvested for grain is estimated at 160,000 acres, is up 7 percent from 2014. Yield, at 73.0 bushels per acre, is up 10 bushel from last year.

North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. — Based on September 1 conditions, North Dakota’s 2015 soybean crop is forecast at 190 million bushels, down 6 percent from last year’s record high, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Area for harvest, at 5.77 million acres, is down 2 percent from last year. Average yield is forecast at 33.0 bushels per acre, down 1.5 bushels from 2014.

Corn production is forecast at 326 million bushels, up 4 percent from last year. Acreage harvested for grain is estimated at 2.55 million acres, up 1 percent from 2014. Average yield is forecast at 128 bushels per acre, up 4 bushels from last year.

Sugarbeet production is forecast at 5.66 million tons, 11 percent above last year’s crop. Area for harvest, at 208,000 acres, is down 3 percent from last year. Average yield is forecast at 27.2 tons per acre, up 3.4 tons from 2014.

Minnesota

Minnesota corn production is forecast at 1.42 billion bushels according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service Crop Production report. If realized, the production would be the highest on record, 3 percent above the previous high in 2012. Based on conditions as of September 1, yields are expected to average 183 bushels per acre, up 27 bushels per acre from last year but down 1 bushel from the August forecast. If realized, the yield will also be highest on record, 6 bushels above 2010. Acres harvested for grain remain unchanged at 7.75 million acres.

Soybean production is forecast at 358 million bushels. If realized, this would be the highest soybean production on record, 9 percent above the previous high from 2010. The September 1 forecast yield is 47 bushels per acre, 5 bushels above 2014, but down 1 bushel from the August forecast. If realized, yield will also be the highest on record, surpassing 2005’s 45.5 bushels per acre. Area harvested remains unchanged at 7.62 million acres.

Sugarbeet production is forecast at 11.9 million tons, up 21 percent from 2014 and up 1 percent from the August forecast. Yield is forecast at 27.5 tons per acre, up 5.0 bushels from the previous year and up slightly from the August forecast. Acres harvested remain unchanged at 431,000 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 9.

Iowa

Iowa corn production is forecast at 2.41 billion bushels, 2 percent above the 2014 production but down slightly from the August forecast according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Crop Production report. If realized, the production would tie 2009 for the highest on record. Based on conditions as of September 1, yields are expected to average 181 bushels per acre, an increase of 3 bushels per acre from last year but down 2 bushels from the August forecast. If realized, the yield will be tied with 2004 and 2009 as the highest on record. Acres harvested for grain remain unchanged at 13.3 million acres.

Soybean production is forecast at 526 million bushels, up 2 percent from the August forecast. If realized, this would be the highest soybean production on record, slightly above the 525 million bushels produced in 2005. The September 1 forecast yield is 53 bushels per acre, 1.5 bushels above 2014 and 1.0 bushel above the August forecast. If realized this would be the highest soybean yield on record, 0.5 bushel above 2005. Area harvested remained unchanged at 9.92 million.

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 9.

Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. — Based on September 1 conditions, Nebraska’s 2015 corn crop is forecast at 1.64 billion bushels, up 2 percent from last year, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Acreage harvested for grain is estimated at 8.90 million acres, down 1 percent from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at a record high 184 bushels per acre, up 5 bushels from last year.

Soybean production in Nebraska is forecast at a record high 288 million bushels, up slightly from last year. Area for harvest, at 5.15 million acres, is down 4 percent from 2014. Record yield is forecast at 56 bushels per acre, up 2 bushels from a year ago.

Sorghum production of 21.6 million bushels is up 64 percent from a year ago. Area for grain harvest of 220,000 acres is up 38 percent from last year. Yield is forecast at 98 bushels per acre, up 16 bushels from last year. This would tie the record yield set in 1994.

Sugarbeet production is forecast at 1.23 million tons, down 8 percent from 2014. Area for harvest, at 47,000 acres, is up 2 percent from last year. Yield is estimated at 26.2 tons per acre, down 2.9 tons from a year ago.