NY CROPS MOSTLY HIGHER

Crop production prospects in 2012 forNew Yorkare mostly higher compared with a year earlier, according to King Whetstone, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office. Forecasts for soybeans, oats, and dry beans are expected to be higher. Production of winter wheat and corn for grain are expected to be lower than 2011. All forecasts in this release are based on conditions as of August 1 and assume normal growing conditions throughout the remainder of the season.

New York grain corn production is forecast at 76.2 million bushels, down 8 percent from last year. Nationally, grain corn production is forecast at 10.8 billion bushels, down 13 percent from 2011 and the lowest production since 2006.

Soybean production on the other hand is estimated at a record high 14.2 million bushels, up 19 percent from last year. ’s 11.9 million bushels. Acreage for harvest increased 22 percent from 277 thousand a year earlier to a record high 337 thousand acres. Yields are expected to average 42 bushels per acre, down 1 bushel from last year.U.S.soybean production is forecast at 2.69 billion bushels, down 12 percent from last year. Based on August 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 36.1 bushels per acre, down 5.4 bushels from last year and the lowest since 2003.

New Yorkproduction of alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures, at 722 thousand tons, is 14 percent below 2011. Other dry hay production is expected to total 2.16 million tons, up 15 percent from a year ago. An increase in alfalfa and other hay acreages resulted in higher production for all dry hay (alfalfa plus other hay).

Dry bean production inNew Yorkis forecast at 168 thousand hundredweight (cwt), up 2 percent from the record low 165 thousand cwt produced last year. Harvested acreage is expected to total 9.6 thousand acres, down 2,200 acres from 2011. Yields are expected to average 1,750 pounds per acre, up 25 percent from last year’s 1,400 pounds.U.S.dry edible bean production is forecast at 27.0 million cwt for 2012, up 36 percent from last year.

New Yorkoat production, expected to total 2.20 million bushels, is up 29 percent above a year ago. Acreage for grain harvest is estimated at 40 thousand acres, up 18 percent from last year. Yields are forecast at 55 bushels per acre, up 5 bushels from 2011.U.S.production is forecast at 66.5 million bushels, 2 percent above the July 1 forecast and up 24 percent from the record low production in 2011. If realized, this will be the second lowest production on record.

Winter wheat production forNew Yorkis estimated at 5.12 million bushels, down 2 percent from the 2011 crop. of 5.21 million bushels. Acreage for harvest is down 14 percent to 80 thousand acres. Yields are expected to average 64 bushels per acre, 8 bushels more than a year earlier.U.S.production of all wheat is forecast at 2.27 billion bushels, up 2 percent from last month and up 13 percent from 2011.