MN Corn, Soybean Production Estimates Up

Minnesota corn production is forecast at 1.49 billion bushels, up 6 percent from the previous year, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Crop Production report. 

Based on conditions as of August 1, yields are expected to average 193.0 bushels per acre, up 15.0 bushels from last year. Corn planted acreage is estimated at 8.20 million acres. An estimated 7.70 million of the acres planted will be harvested for grain.  The yield is forecast at 50.0 bushels per acre, 3.0 bushels higher than 2021.  Corn production  or grain is forecast at 14.4 billion bushels, down 5 percent from 2021.  Based on conditions as of August 1, yields are expected to average 175.4 bushels per  harvested acre, down 1.6 bushels from last year.  Area harvested for grain is forecast at 81.8 million acres, down less than 1 percent from the June forecast and down 4 percent  from the previous year. 

Soybean production is forecast at 372 million bushels, up 4 percent from the previous year.  Soybean planted acreage is estimated at 7.50 million acres with 7.43 million acres to be harvested. Soybean production for beans is forecast at a record high 4.53 billion bushels, up 2 percent from 2021. Based on conditions as of August 1, yields are expected to average a record high 51.9 bushels per harvested acre, up 0.5 bushel from 2021. Total planted area, at 88.0 million acres, is down less than 1 percent from the previous estimate but up 1 percent from the previous year. Area harvested for beans in the United States is forecast at 87.2 million acres, down less than 1 percent from the previous forecast but up 1 percent from 2021. 

Spring wheat production is estimated at 65.0 million bushels, up 17 percent from the previous year. The yield is forecast at 56.0 bushels per acre, up 3.0 bushels from the July forecast and up 8.0 bushels from 2021. Spring wheat planted acreage is estimated at 1.25 million acres with 1.16 million acres to be harvested. Other spring wheat production for grain is forecast at 512 million bushels, up 2 percent from the previous forecast and up 55 percent from last year. Based on August 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 47.8 bushels per harvested acre, up 0.8 bushel from the previous forecast and up 15.2 bushels from 2021. Area harvested for grain or seed is expected to total 10.7 million acres, unchanged from the previous forecast, but 5 percent above 2021. Of the total production, 463 million bushels are Hard Red Spring wheat, up 56 percent from 2021. 

Sugarbeet production is forecast at 11.2 million tons, down 9 percent from the previous year. The yield is forecast at 25.4 tons per acre, 5.6 tons below 2021.  Sugarbeet planted acreage is estimated at 455,000 acres with 441,000 acres to be harvested.  

Production of alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures for hay is forecast at 1.94 million tons, up 12 percent from the previous year.  Yield is expected to average 2.90 tons per acre, up 0.30 ton per acre from last year.  Production of other hay is forecast at 954,000 tons, up 62 percent from last year. 

Yield for other hay is expected to average 1.80 tons per acre, up 0.40 ton per acre from last year. The forecasts in this report are based on August 1 conditions and do not reflect weather effects since that time. 

The next crop production forecasts, based on conditions as of September 1, will be released on September 12.


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