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12 January 2012

USDA Crop Production: Corn for Grain Production below ForecastUSDA Crop Production: Corn for Grain Production below Forecast

Corn for grain production is estimated at 12.4 billion bushels, up slightly from the 1 November forecast.
USDA Crop Production Report

Corn for grain production is estimated at 12.4 billion bushels, up slightly from the 1 November forecast but 1 per cent below 2010. The average yield in the United States for 2011 is estimated at 147.2 bushels per acre. This is up 0.5 bushel from the November forecast but 5.6 bushels below the 2010 average yield of 152.8 bushels. Area harvested for grain is estimated at 84.0 million acres, up slightly from the November forecast and up 3 per cent from 2010.

Sorghum grain production in 2011 is estimated at 214 million bushels, down 13 per cent from the 1 November forecast and 38 per cent below 2010. Planted area is estimated at 5.48 million acres, up 1 per cent from last year. Area harvested for grain, at 3.93 million acres, is down 18 per cent from 2010. Average grain yield, at 54.6 bushels per acre, is down 0.9 bushel from the previous forecast and down 17.2 bushels from last year.

Rice production in 2011 is estimated 185 million cwt, down 2 per cent from the previous forecast and 24 per cent below 2010. Planted area is estimated at 2.69 million acres, down 26 per cent from 2010. Area harvested, at 2.62 million acres, is down slightly from the previous forecast and 28 per cent below the previous crop year. The average yield for all United States rice is estimated at 7,067 pounds per acre, down 100 pounds from the previous forecast but 342 pounds above the 2010 yield.

Soybean production in 2011 totaled 3.06 billion bushels, up slightly from the 1 November forecast but down 8 per cent from 2010. United States production is the sixth largest on record. The average yield per acre is estimated at 41.5 bushels, 0.2 bushel above the 1 November forecast but 2.0 bushels below last year's yield. Harvested area is down 4 per cent from 2010 to 73.6 million acres.

All cotton production is estimated at 15.7 million 480-pound bales, down 1 per cent from last month and down 13 per cent from 2010. The United States yield is estimated at 772 pounds per acre, up 1 pound from the 1 December forecast but down 40 pounds from last year. Harvested area, at 9.75 million acres, is down 1 per cent from December and down 9 per cent from last year.

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