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USDA: Climbing acres, corn bushels, shrinking soy production

13 Octobre 2017

Analysts surveyed by The Wall Street Journal expect the agency to forecast soybean production at 4.439 billion bushels, up from its September estimate of 4.431 billion. Soybeans dropping leaves was 96 percent, near the 94 percent past year and the 93 percent average. A record yield is forecast at 2,420 pounds per acre, up 150 pounds per acre from a year ago. Still, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed that private exporters sold 104,202 tonnes of U.S. hard red winter wheat and 150,000 tonnes of corn to Mexico. Area to be harvested for grain, at 5.20 million acres, is up 6 percent from a year ago. Area for harvest, at 2.36 million acres, is down 20 percent from 2016. Yield is forecast at 1,333 pounds per acre, down 158 pounds per acre from a year ago.

Nebraska soybean production is forecast at a record 316 million bushels, up 1 percent from previous year.

And at the end of October 8, the average harvested was 37%, compared to 33% in 2016. Lower planted acres likely reflects more accurate accounting of spring weather difficulties.

A Kewaunee County farmer said silage corn had to be harvested because of the very warm and dry conditions in late September. Area for harvest, at 5.10 million acres, is 27 percent above 2016. Yield is forecast at 41 bushels per acre, down 7 bushels from past year.

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- All sunflower production is forecast at 56 million pounds, down 4 percent from past year. Acreage for harvest, at 91,000 acres, is up 60,000 acres from 2016. Sorghum mature was 81 percent, behind the 94 percent past year and near the 82 percent average. Acreage for harvest, at 61,000 acres, is up 3,000 from 2016. Yield is forecast at 1,333 pounds per acre, down 92 pounds per acre from a year ago. Of the acres for harvest, non-oil sunflowers account for 13,000 acres and oil sunflowers account for 48,000 acres.

Area for harvest, at 1.85 million acres, is down 3 percent from a year ago.

Alfalfa fourth cutting was 89 percent complete, ahead of the 83 percent a year ago, and near the 87 percent average. All Other Hay production, at 2.96 million tons, is down 8 percent from a year ago. Area for harvest, at 44,600 acres, is down 6 percent from a year ago. Yield of 1.60 tons per acre, is down 0.1 ton from 2016.

USDA: Climbing acres, corn bushels, shrinking soy production