Corn production for Minnesota is forecast at 1.21 billion bushels, up 1 % from the August 1 forecast and up 10% from 2006 according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Minnesota Field Office.
Based on September 1 conditions, yield is forecast at 158 bushels per acre, up 2 bushels from last month but down from last year's yield of 161 bushels per acre. Corn for grain harvested area is estimated at 7.7 million acres, up 12% from last year.
Soybean production is forecast at 260 million bushels, up 5% from last month's forecast but down 18% from last year's record high production. Soybean yield is forecast at 42 bushels per acre, up 2 bushels from last month's forecast but down 2 bushels from 2006. Soybean harvested area is estimated at 6.2 million acres, down 15% from a year ago.
The sugarbeet crop is forecast at 10.6 million tons, down 1% from last month and down 10% from the record high production level in 2006. Yield is forecast at 22.4 tons per acre, down 2.5 tons per acre from last year's record high yield of 24.9 tons per acre.
Across the U.S., corn production is forecast at 13.3 billion bushels, 26% above 2006. Based on conditions as of September 1, yields are expected to average 155.8 bushels per acre, up 6.7 bushels from last year. If realized, this would be the second highest yield on record, behind the 160.4-bushel yield in 2004.
Nationally, soybean production is forecast at 2.62 billion bushels, down 18% from last year's record high. Based on September 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 41.4 bushels per acre, down 1.3 bushels from last year.
U.S. sugarbeet production is forecast at 30.1 million tons, 12% below last year's production of 34.1 million tons. Growers expect to harvest 1.24 million acres, down 5 percent from last year. The yield is forecast at 24.2 tons per acre, down 1.9 tons from the 2006 record high yield.