LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its crop production report Wednesday from the August Agricultural Yield Survey conducted at the beginning of the month. The report showed corn yields are expected to be up 7 percent from last year, soybeans 17 percent higher and burley tobacco yields down 5 percent.
“Crops are moving toward harvest in very good shape,” said David Knopf, director of the NASS Eastern Mountain Regional Office in Kentucky. “Condition ratings have been running above average for much of the growing season. On August 1, corn and soybean conditions were 5 to 10 points above the 5-year average.”
Corn production in Kentucky is forecast at 259 million bushels, up 6% from the previous crop. Yield is estimated at 181 bushels per acre, up 12 bushels from the 2019 level. Acres for harvest as grain were estimated at 1.43 million acres, down 20,000 acres from 2019. The U.S. corn production is forecast at 15.3 billion bushels, up 12 % from 2019. Based on conditions as of August 1, yields are expected to average 181.8 bushels per acre, up 14.4 bushels from 2019. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 84.0 million acres, unchanged from the June forecast but up 3% from 2019.
Soybean production for Kentucky is forecast at 99.4 million bushels, an increase of 28% from 2019. Yield is estimated at 54.0 bushels per acre, up 8.0 bushels from a year ago. Acreage for harvest as beans was estimated at 1.84 million acres, up 150,000 acres from the previous year. U.S. soybean production is forecast at 4.42 billion bushels, up 25% from last year. Based on August 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 53.3 bushels per acre, up 5.9 bushels from last year. Area for harvest is forecast at 83.0 million acres, unchanged from June but up 11% from 2019.
Kentucky farmers expect to harvest 24.0 million bushels of winter wheat during 2020. The expected crop for 2020 would be down 4% from the previous year. Growers expect a yield of 64.0 bushels per acre, down 12.0 bushel from 2019 and up 1.0 bushels from July. Farmers expect to harvest 375,000 acres for grain. Winter wheat production for the Nation was forecast at 1.20 billion bushels, down 8% from 2019. The United States yield is forecast at 51.1 bushels per acre, down 0.9 bushels from last month and down 2.5 bushels from last year. The expected area to be harvested for grain or seed totals 23.4 million acres, down 4% from last year.
Kentucky burley tobacco production is forecast at 64.8 million pounds, down 17 % from 2019. Yield is projected at 1,800 pounds per acre, down 100 pounds from the 2019 crop. Harvested acreage was estimated at 36,000 acres, down 5,000 acres from last year’s crop. For the burley producing states production is forecast at In Cooperation with: Kentucky Department of Agriculture Ryan Quarles, Commissioner USDA, NASS, Kentucky Field Office David Knopf, Director PO Box 1120 Louisville, Kentucky 40201-1120 (502) 907-3250 or 1-800-928-5277 Email: email@example.com 77.4 million pounds, down 17% from last year. Burley growers plan to harvest 43,500 acres, down 10 % from 2019. Yields were expected to average 1,779 pounds per acre, down 131 pounds from last year.
Production of Kentucky dark fire-cured tobacco is forecast at 23.7 million pounds, down 14 % from the previous year. Dark air-cured tobacco production is forecast at 15.7 million pounds, down 13 % from last year.
Production of hay by Kentucky farmers is forecast to be up from last year due to higher yields. Alfalfa hay production is forecast at 462,000 tons, slightly below the 2019 level. Other hay production is estimated at 4.50 million tons, up 14% from last year.
The next Crop Production report will be released September 11. All reports are available on the NASS website: www.nass.usda.gov. For more information on NASS surveys and reports, call the NASS Kentucky Field Office at (800) 928-5277.
— USDA, NASS, Kentucky Field Office
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