Virginia corn yield forecast revised to 149 bushels per acre

September 13, 2019

“The September 1 crop production report indicated an increase in yields for the corn, cotton and the tobacco crops when compared to 2018,” said Herman Ellison, Virginia State Statistician. “The soybean and peanuts crops indicated a yield decrease from last year.”

 

Corn production in Virginia is forecast at 55.9 million bushels, up 1 percent from the August forecast and up 18 percent from the previous crop. Yield was estimated at 149 bushels per acre, up 2.0 bushels from last month and up 3.0 bushels from the 2018 level. Acres for harvest as grain were estimated at 375,000 acres, up 50,000 acres from 2018.

 

The U.S. corn production is forecast at 13.8 billion bushels, down 1 percent from the August forecast and down 4 percent from 2018. Based on conditions as of September 1, yields are expected to average 168.2 bushels per acre, down 1.3 bushels from last month and down 8.2 bushels from 2018. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 82.0 million acres, unchanged from the August forecast and up slightly from 2018.

 

Soybean production for Virginia is forecast at 21.3 million bushels, down 12 percent from the August forecast and down 16 percent from 2018. Yield was estimated at 38 bushels per acre, down 5.0 bushels from last month and down 5.0 bushels from a year ago. Acreage for harvest as beans was estimated at 560,000 acres, down 30,000 acres from the previous year.

 

U.S. soybean production is forecast at 3.63 billion bushels, down 1 percent from the August forecast and down 20 percent from last year. Based on September 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 47.9 bushels per acre, down 0.6 bushels from last month and down 3.7 bushels from last year. Area for harvest is forecast at 75.9 million acres, unchanged from the August forecast and down 14 percent from 2018.

 

Virginia cotton production is projected to be 230,000 bales, up 5 percent from the August forecast and up 27 percent from last year. Cotton yields are forecast to average 1,062 pounds per acre, up 47 pounds from last month and up 166 pounds per acre from the previous year. Producers expect to harvest 104,000 acres, unchanged from the August forecast and up 7,000 acres from 2018.

 

U.S. cotton production was forecast at 21.9 million bales, down 3 percent from the August forecast and up 19 percent from 2018. Yields are forecast to average 839 pounds per acre, down 16 pounds from last month and down 25 pounds from last year. Harvested acreage is estimated at 12.5 million acres, down 1 percent from the August forecast and up 23 percent from the previous year.

 

Peanut farmers in Virginia anticipate harvesting 97.5 million pounds for 2019, down 3 percent from last year. Acres expected to be harvested total 25,000 acres, up 1,000 from last year. Producers expect a yield of 3,900 pounds per acre, down 300 pounds from 2018.

 

Virginia flue-cured tobacco production is forecast at 33.0 million pounds, down 8 percent from the August forecast and down 21 percent from 2018. Yield was projected at 2,200 pounds per acre, up 100 pounds from last month and up 200 pounds from the 2018 crop. Harvested acreage was estimated at 15,000 acres, down 6,000 acres from last year's crop. For the flue-cured producing states production is forecast at 304 million pounds, down 3 percent from the August forecast and down 10 percent from last year. Flue-cured growers plan to harvest 150,500 acres, down 24 percent from 2018. Yields were expected to average 2,020 pounds per acre, up 308 pounds from last year.

 

Production of Virginia dark fire-cured tobacco is forecast at 672,000 pounds up 23 percent from the previous year. Burley tobacco production is forecast at 1.26 million pounds, down 16 percent from last year.

 

“Thank you to all the farmers for taking the time to complete the September Agricultural Yield Survey,” Ellison said. “We appreciate their efforts during the busy growing season.”

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