Farm Progress

Sugarbeet yield, at 25.2 tons per acre, was down 5.6 tons from last year.

January 31, 2018

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YIELD DROP: Soybean yield, at 42.5 bushels per acre, was down 8 bushels from last year’s record yield in the state.stevanovicigor/iStock/Thinkstock

Michigan crop production was down for most crops compared to 2016, with the exception of potatoes and dry edible beans, according to Marlo Johnson, director of the USDA National Ag Statistics Service’s Great Lakes Regional Office. Continuous precipitation in April through mid-May put crop progress behind the five-year average.

Warm temperatures in June helped to dry soils and allowed many producers to catch up, but crop progress remained behind schedule through September. While the rainy growing season caused many delays, crop conditions remained good and harvest finished on schedule. 

Michigan’s average corn for grain yield was 159 bushels, up 2 bushels from last year. Corn was stressed from lack of rain in some areas, and yellowing from too much rain in others. Harvest progressed ahead of last year through October and was about 84% done by the end of November. Silage yield, at 18.5 tons per acre, was down 1 ton from last year.  

Soybean yield, at 42.5 bushels per acre, was down 8 bushels from last year’s record yield. Soybeans benefited from above-average precipitation and progressed on or ahead of schedule throughout July. Weather conditions kept the soybean crop in great condition for most of the season. 

Sugarbeet yield, at 25.2 tons per acre, was down 5.6 tons per acre from last year.  

Dry bean production in the state totaled 4.39 million hundredweight, a 10% increase from the previous year. Dry bean harvest  started  behind  schedule  but  was  completed  by  mid-November,  ahead  of  schedule. 

“Growers were pessimistic regarding the quality of dry beans coming into harvest,” Johnson says, “but growers were pleasantly surprised by their final yields given the challenging growing season.”

All-hay production was 2.14 million tons, down 9% from last year.

Nationally, corn for grain production in 2017 was estimated at 14.6 billion bushels, down 4% from the 2016 estimate.

The average yield in the United States was estimated at a record-high 176.6 bushels per acre, 2 bushels above the 2016 average yield of 174.6 bushels per acre. Area harvested for grain was estimated at 82.7 million acres, down 5% from the 2016 estimate. 

U.S. soybean production in 2017 totaled a record 4.39 billion bushels, up 2% from 2016. The average yield per acre was estimated at 49.1 bushels, 2.9 bushels below the record yield in 2016. Harvested area was up 8% from 2016 to a record-high 89.5 million acres.

Source: NASS

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