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13 August 2015

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USDA Crop Production Report

Corn production is forecast at 13.7 billion bushels, down 4 percent from last year’s record production. Based on conditions as of August 1, yields are expected to average 168.8 bushels per acre, down 2.2 bushels from 2014. If realized, this will be the second highest yield and third largest production on record for the United States. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 81.1 million acres, unchanged from the June forecast but down 2 percent from 2014.

Soybean production is forecast at 3.92 billion bushels, down 1 percent from last year. Based on August 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 46.9 bushels per acre, down 0.9 bushel from last year. Area for harvest in the United States is forecast at a record 83.5 million acres, down 1 percent from June but up nearly 1 percent from 2014. Planted area for the Nation is estimated at 84.3 million acres, down 1 percent from June.

All cotton production is forecast at 13.1 million 480-pound bales, down 20 percent from last year. Yield is expected to average 795 pounds per harvested acre, down 43 pounds from last year. Upland cotton production is forecast at 12.7 million 480-pound bales, down 20 percent from 2014. Pima cotton production is forecast at 432,000 bales, down 24 percent from last year. All cotton planted area for the Nation is estimated at 8.90 million acres, down 1 percent or 100,000 acres from June.

All wheat production, at 2.14 billion bushels, is down slightly from the July forecast but up 5 percent from 2014. Based on August 1 conditions, the United States yield is forecast at 44.1 bushels per acre, down 0.2 bushel from last month but up 0.4 bushel from last year.

Winter wheat production is forecast at 1.44 billion bushels, down 1 percent from the July 1 forecast but up 4 percent from 2014. Based on August 1 conditions, the United States yield is forecast at 43.2 bushels per acre, down 0.5 bushel from last month but up 0.6 bushel from last year. The area expected to be harvested for grain or seed totals 33.3 million acres, unchanged from last month but up 3 percent from last year. Hard Red Winter production, at 856 million bushels, is down 1 percent from last month. Soft Red Winter, at 389 million bushels, is down 1 percent from the July forecast. White Winter, at 193 million bushels, is down 1 percent from last month. Of the White Winter production, 12.5 million bushels are Hard White and 181 million bushels are Soft White.

Durum wheat production is forecast at 76.8 million bushels, up 2 percent from July and up 45 percent from 2014. The United States yield is forecast at 40.2 bushels per acre, up 0.6 bushel from last month and 0.5 bushel from last year. Expected area to be harvested for grain totals 1.90 million acres, unchanged from last month but up 43 percent from last year.

Other spring wheat production is forecast at 621 million bushels, up less than 1 percent from the July forecast and up 4 percent from last year. Area harvested for grain is expected to total 13.2 million acres, unchanged from last month but up 4 percent from last year. The United States yield is forecast at 47.0 bushels per acre, up 0.3 bushel from both last month and last year. Of the total production, 576 million bushels are Hard Red Spring wheat, up slightly from the previous forecast and up 4 percent from last year.

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