FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact:† Greg Lemmons
Friday, October 10, 2008
††††††††††† NEW YORK CORN,
SOYBEAN, HAY, AND DRY BEAN PRODUCTION INCREASES
††††††† Based on conditions
as of October 1, New York grain corn production is estimated at
81.1 million bushels, up 16 percent from last yearís crop due to a combination
of more acres for harvest, and higher projected yields. Yields are expected
to average a record high 133 bushels per acre, up 6 bushels from last year.
Acreage for harvest is expected to total 610 thousand acres, up 11 percent
from the 550 thousand acres harvested for grain in 2007. Nationally, grain
corn production is forecast at 12.2 billion bushels, up 1 percent from last
month but 7 percent below 2007.† Yields are expected to average 154.0 bushels
per acre, up 1.7 bushels from September and 2.9 bushels above last year. If
realized, this will be the second largest yield on record behind 2004, and
production will be the second largest, behind last year.† Acreage updates were made in several States based on administrative data,
bringing total corn planted area to 86.9 million acres, down 68,000 acres
from the August forecast. Area harvested and to be harvested for grain is
forecast at 79.2 million acres, down 93,000 acres from the previous forecast.
If realized, area harvested for grain will be the second largest on record
since 1944, behind the 86.5 million acres harvested last year.
York soybean production is expected to total a record high 10.2 million bushels,
up 28 percent from 2007. Yields are forecast at 44 bushels per acre, up 5
bushels from last year. Acreage for harvest is expected to total a record
high 231 thousand acres, up 14 percent from last yearís 203 thousand acres.†
U.S. soybean output is forecast
at 2.98 billion bushels, up 2 percent from the September forecast and up 11
percent from last year.† If realized this will be the fourth largest production
on record.† Based on October 1 conditions, yields are expected to average
39.5 bushels per acre, down 0.5 from last month and down 2.2 bushels from
2007.† Yields increased or are unchanged from the September
1 forecast across the Southeast, the lower Mississippi
Valley, and the Mid-Atlantic
States. Area for harvest in the U.S. is forecast at 75.5 million acres, up 3 percent
from last month and up 18 percent from 2007.
††††† New York production of dry alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures, at 1.12 million
tons, is up 11 percent from last year. Other dry hay production, which includes
clover-timothy, mixed grasses, etc., is forecast at 2.00 million tons, up
18 percent from a year ago. All dry hay production for the nation is forecast
at 151 million tons, up slightly from last year.
††††† Dry bean
production for the Empire State is expected
to total 312 thousand hundredweight (cwt.), 39 percent above a year earlier.
Yields are expected to average a record high 1,900 pounds per acre, up 540
pounds from 2007. Nationally, dry edible bean production is forecast at 25.4 million cwt for 2008, up 5 percent
from the previous estimate and up slightly from 2007. Planted area is forecast
at 1.50 million acres, up 7 percent from the August forecast but down 2 percent
from 2007. Harvested area is forecast at 1.43 million acres, 6 percent above
the last forecast but 3 percent below the previous yearís harvested acreage.
The average U.S.
yield is forecast at 1,772 pounds per acre, a decrease of 14 pounds from Augustís
forecast but 56 pounds above the 2007 yield. If realized, this will be the
highest yield on record for the U.S.