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Contact:  Greg Lemmons
Monday, January 14, 2008



The 2007 crop year got off to a fast start due to good weather conditions during the planting season. This weather advanced fieldwork and pushed planting progress ahead of average. Dry weather conditions during August and September resulted in corn and soybean yields slightly below 2006.  Harvest extended into October and November due to some late season rains.

New York grain corn production is estimated at 69.9 million bushels, up 13 percent from last year. Area for harvest totaled 550,000 acres, up 15 percent from a year ago. Yields averaged 127 bushels per acre, down 2 bushels from last year’s record high of 129 bushels per acre.

Corn cut for silage totaled 8.42 million tons, an increase of 2 percent from last year. Area for harvest increased 8 percent to 495,000 acres. Yields are estimated at 17.0 tons per acre, down 1 ton per acre from last year’s record high.

The 2007 soybean crop was estimated at 7.71 million bushels, 15 percent below last year's production. Area harvested, a record high at 203,000 acres, was up 3 percent from a year ago. Yields averaged 38 bushels per acre, down 8 bushels an acre from last year’s record high. 

Wheat production totaled 4.42 million bushels, down 24 percent from the previous year. Harvested acreage, at 85,000 acres, was down 10,000 acres form 2006. Winter wheat yields averaged 52 bushels per acre, down 9 bushels from a year ago.

Oat production, at 3.42 million bushels, was down 31 percent from the previous year. Area harvested, at 60,000 acres, was down 10 percent from last year. The average yield, at 57 bushels per acre, was down 17 bushels from last year’s record high of 74 bushels.

Production of barley in New York totaled 506,000 bushels, down 23 percent from a year earlier. Acreage harvested for grain totaled 11,000 acres, down 1,000 acres from 2006. The average yield per acre, at 46 bushels, was down 9 bushels from last year. 

 All dry hay production was 2.70 million tons, down 3 percent from last year's 2.79 million tons. Acreage harvested for dry hay during 2007 decreased 11 percent to 1.36 million acres. Yield, at 1.99 tons per acre, was 8 percent above a year ago. 

New York production of alfalfa dry hay was estimated at 1.01 million tons, up 30 percent from last year's crop of 777,000 tons. Area harvested, at 420,000 acres, was 14 percent above last year. Yields averaged 2.40 tons per acre, up 15 percent from last year. 

Potato production totaled 5.22 million hundredweight (cwt.), down 8 percent from the 5.70 million cwt. produced in 2006. Harvested acreage totaled a record low 18,300 acres, down 700 acres from last year. Yields averaged 285 cwt. per acre, down 15 cwt. from a year ago.

Dry bean production totaled 224,000 cwt., down 6 percent from 2006. Acres harvested totaled a record low 16,500 acres, down 1,500 acres from a year earlier. The average yield, at 1,360 pounds per acre, was up 30 cwt. from last year.