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Final 2023 crop numbers released in Virginia

Data released by USDA NASS on January 12, 2024

Corn production in Virginia is estimated at 58.9 million bushels, up 2% from the November forecast and up 8% from the previous crop. Yield was estimated at 157 bushels per acre, up 3 bushels from the previous forecast and down 10 bushels from the 2022 level. Acres for harvest as grain were estimated at 375,000 acres, up 50,000 acres from 2022.

Soybean production for Virginia is estimated at 21.7 million bushels, down 3% from the November forecast and down 13% from 2022. Yield was estimated at 38 bushels per acre, down 1.0 bushel from November and down 3 bushels from a year ago. Acreage for harvest as beans was estimated at 570,000 acres, down 40,000 acres from the previous year.

Virginia cotton production is estimated at 195,000 bales, up 3% from the December forecast and down 8% from last year. Cotton yields were estimated at 1,170 pounds per acre, up 30 pounds from last month and up 39 pounds per acre from the previous year. Producers harvested 80,000 acres, unchanged from the December forecast and down 10,000 acres from 2022.

Peanut farmers in Virginia are estimated to produce 140 million pounds for 2023, up 11% from last year. Acres harvested were estimated at 29,000 acres, up 1,000 acres from last year. Peanut yield is estimated at 4,830 pounds per acre, up 340 pounds from 2022.

Alfalfa hay production by Virginia farmers is forecast at 112,000 tons, up 17% the 2022 level. Other hay production in Virginia is estimated at 2.35 million tons, up 15% from last year.

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