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Monday, November 10, 2008

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            NEW YORK GRAIN CORN AND SOYBEAN PRODUCTION UP

New York grain corn production is forecast at 81.7 million bushels, up 17 percent from last year's output, according to Stephen Ropel, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office. Production is up due to increases in the number of acres harvested and increased yields. Acreage for harvest is expected to total 610 thousand acres, up 11 percent from a year earlier. Yields are expected to average a record high 134 bushels per acre, 7 bushels more than in 2007. U.S. corn production is forecast at 12.0 billion bushels, down slightly from the October forecast and 8 percent below 2007. Based on conditions as of November 1, yields are expected to average 153.8 bushels per acre, down 0.1 bushel from October but 2.7 bushels above last year. If realized, this will be the second highest yield on record, behind 2004, and production will be the second largest, behind last year.  Forecast yields are higher than last month across the northern of the Great Plains and northern and central Corn Belt.  Yield prospects are lower than last year in the southern half of the Great Plains and Delta.

 

Soybean production in New York is forecast at a record high 10.2 million bushels, up 28 percent from last year. Acreage harvested for beans is expected to total 226 thousand acres, up 11 percent from a year earlier and the largest acreage on record. Yields are expected to average 45 bushels per acre, up 6 bushels from 2007. If realized this will be the second highest yield on record, behind the 46 bushel per acre set in 2006.  U.S. soybean production is forecast at 2.92 billion bushels, down less than 1 percent from the October forecast but up 9 percent from last year. If realized, this will be the fourth largest production on record.  Based on November 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 39.3 bushels per acre, down 0.2 bushel from October 1 and down 2.4 bushels from 2007. Compared with compared with October 1, yields are forecast lower or unchanged across the Corn Belt and Great Plains, with the exception of Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri. Yields increased from the October forecast in Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, New York, and Virginia. Area for harvest in the U.S. is forecast at 74.4 million acres, unchanged from October 1 but up 16 percent from 2007.

 
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