FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: William Blackson
Friday, February 15, 2008
NEW YORK FIELD CROP VALUE INCREASES
The value of production of New York's principal field crops during 2007 totaled $817 million, up 16 percent from 2006, according to Stephen Ropel, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office.
Grain corn production was valued at $300 million, up 42 percent from 2006. Price per bushel averaged $4.30 compared with $3.42 a year earlier. A 13 percent increase in production along with higher prices resulted in the large increase in the value of the crop.
Oat production was valued at $7.87 million, down 5 percent from 2006. The decrease was a result of less acreage harvested and lower yields. The season average price of $2.30 per bushel was up 63 cents from 2006.
Winter wheat was valued at $29.8 million, up 28 percent from a year ago. The price of wheat averaged $6.75 per bushel compared with $4.03 in 2006. This price increase offset lower production. Yields decreased 9 bushels from 2006 and acreage was down 10,000 acres.
Barley production was valued at $1.39 million, up 18 percent from the 2006 value. Production decreased by 23 percent but prices increased to $2.75 per bushel from $1.79 a year earlier.
The value of the 2007 soybean crop was set at $75.2 million, up 33 percent from the previous year. Production was down 15 percent but was offset by an increase in price per bushel. Price per bushel was estimated at $9.75 compared with $6.19 in 2006.
Alfalfa dry hay production was valued at $146 million, up 29 percent from the 2006 value of $113 million. The value per ton for 2007 crop hay was $145.00 compared with $146.00 in 2006.
Dry beans were valued at $8.56 million, up 38 percent from the 2006 value of $6.19 million. The increase was the result of a 30 percent increase in production. Price per hundredweight (cwt.) averaged $38.20 compared with $25.90 a year ago.
The value of potatoes, at $63.1 million, was down 8 percent from 2006. Prices averaged $12.10 per cwt. during 2007 compared with $12.00 a year earlier. Production was down 9 percent from 2006 due to lower yields and less acreage harvested. The information in this release is available by free email subscription by subscribing to New York reports at www.nass.usda.gov/ny.