RICHMOND, Va. — Corn production in Virginia was forecast at 60.5 million bushels, up 18% from the previous crop. Yield was estimated at 155.0 bushels per acre, up 33.0 bushels from the 2020 level. Acres for harvest as grain were estimated at 390,000 acres, down 30,000 acres from 2020. The U.S. corn production was forecast at 15.0 billion bushels, up 6% from 2020. Based on conditions as of October 1, yields are expected to average 176.5 bushels per acre, up 5.1 bushels from 2020. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 85.1 million acres, unchanged from the September forecast but up 3% from 2020.
Soybean production for Virginia is forecast at 26.0 million bushels, increased 10% from 2020. Yield was estimated at 44.0 bushels per acre, up 2.0 bushels from a year ago. U.S. soybean production was forecast at 4.45 billion bushels, up 5% from last year. Based on October 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 51.5
bushels per acre, up 0.5 bushels from last year. Area for harvest is forecast at 86.4 million acres, down slightly from September but up 5% from 2020.
Virginia cotton production is projected to be 160,000 bales, up 26% from last year. Cotton yields are forecast to average 1,052 pounds per acre, up 280 pounds per acre from the previous year. Producers expect to harvest 73,000 acres, down 6,000 acres from 2020. U.S. cotton production was forecast at 18.0 million bales, up 23% from 2020. Yields are forecast to average 871 pounds per acre, up 24 pounds from last year. Harvested acreage is estimated at 9.92 million acres, up 20% from the previous year.
Peanut farmers in Virginia anticipate harvesting 133 million pounds for 2021, up 19% from last year. Acres expected to be harvested total 29,000 acres, up 2,000 from last year. Producers expect a yield of 4,600 pounds per acre, up 450 pounds from 2020.
Virginia flue-cured tobacco production was forecast at 31.5 million pounds, up 19% from 2020. Yield was projected at 2,100 pounds per acre, down 100 pounds from the 2020 crop. Harvested acreage was estimated at 15,000 acres, up 3,000 acres from last year’s crop. U.S. flue-cured production was forecast at 303 million
pounds, up 28% from last year. Flue-cured growers plan to harvest 150,600 acres, up 18% from 2020. Yields were expected to average 2,015 pounds per acre, up 157 pounds from last year.
Production of Virginia dark fire-cured tobacco was forecast at 500,000 pounds, up 5% from the previous year. Burley tobacco production was forecast at 612,000 pounds, down 10% from last year.
Alfalfa hay production is forecast at 118,000 tons, 6% below the 2020 level. Other hay production was estimated at 2.42 million tons, down 7% from last year.
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