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Contact:  Greg Lemmons
Friday, September 12, 2008




Based on conditions as of September 1, New York grain corn production is now expected to total a record high 83.8 million bushels, up 20 percent from the 69.9 million bushels produced in 2007, according to Stephen Ropel, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office. Acreage for harvest is estimated at 640,000 acres, 16 percent more than the 550,000 acres harvested for grain last year. Yields are expected to average a record high  131 bushels per acre, the same as the August forecast, and 4 bushels above 2007.  U.S. corn production is forecast at 12.1 billion bushels, down 2 percent from last month and 8 percent below 2007. Based on conditions as of September 1, yields are expected to average 152.3 bushels per acre, down 2.7 bushels from August but 1.2 bushels above last year. If realized, yield will be the second highest on record, behind 2004, while production will be the second largest, behind last year. Yield forecasts are lower than last month across the northern and eastern Corn Belt and the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys where the lack of rainfall during August reduced soil moisture supplies and stressed the crop.  Yield prospects also decreased across much of the middle Mississippi Valley and adjacent areas of the Great Plains as dry weather during August eliminated soil moisture surpluses. 

Soybean production in the Empire State is forecast at a record high 10.6 million bushels, up 38 percent from the 7.71 million bushels produced in 2007. Acreage for harvest is also a record high 231,000 acres up 14 percent from the 203,000 acres harvested last year. Yields are expected to be the same as the 2006 record high of 46 bushels per acre, up 1 bushel from last month, and up 8 bushels from last year.  U.S. soybean production is forecast at 2.93 billion bushels, down 1 percent from the August forecast but up 13 percent from last year. If realized, this will be the fourth largest production on record. Based on September 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 40.0 bushels per acre, down 0.5 bushel from last month and down 1.2 bushels from 2007. Compared with last month, yields are forecast lower or unchanged in the mid-Atlantic States, the central and eastern Corn Belt, Louisiana, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Yields increased or are unchanged from the August 1 forecast across the Southeast and the remainder of the Great Plains. Area for harvest in the U.S. is forecast at 73.3 million acres, unchanged from last month but up 17 percent from 2007.