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January USDA crop production estimates released

5:46 PM, Jan. 24, 2013  |  Comments
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From a national and state perspective, the recently released USDA January Crop Report offers a pretty clear picture of the 2012 growing season.

It indicated that U.S. farmers produced 10.8 billion bushels of corn. This was up slightly from the November report, but 13 percent below 2011. Corn grain yield was estimated at 123.4 bushels per acre, up 1.1 bushels from the November forecast but a whopping 23.8 bushels below the 2011 average yield of 147.2 bushels. Harvested acres were up 4 percent from 2011 at 87.4 million acres.

The Wisconsin corn crop was estimated at 399 million bushels, down significantly from the 518 million bushels harvested in 2011. Final average yield in the state was pegged at 121 bushels per acre, down from last year's 156 bushels. It could have been worse - Indiana finished with only a 99 bushels per acre average and Illinois finished-off at 105 bushels. The average Wisconsin corn silage yield was pegged at 14.5 tons per acre, down 5.0 tons per acre from last year.

For soybeans, the USDA estimated the 2012 U.S. crop at 3.01 billion bushels, up 1 percent from the November forecast and down 3 percent from 2011. United States production is the seventh largest on record. The average yield per acre was estimated at 39.6 bushels, 0.3 bushels above the November 1 forecast but 2.3 bushels behind last year. Harvested area is up 3 percent from 2011 to 76.1 million acres.

Wisconsin soybean farmers produced 70.6 million bushels, down from 74.9 in 2011. The average soybean yield in Wisconsin is estimated at 41.5 bushels per acre, which is 5.0 bushels behind last year's average yield. Harvested soybean area in the state was 1.71 million acres.

USDA also just recently released their estimates of winter wheat seedings. Overall, acres planted to winter wheat total 41.8 million acres, up slightly from a year ago. In Wisconsin, winter wheat seedings encompass 320,000 acres. This is an increase of 55,000 acres from a year ago.

In the grain stocks report, both corn and soybeans stored in all positions is each down 17 percent from Dec. 1, 2011.

Many local crop producers are awaiting the county level production information. This data is collected by the Wisconsin Agricultural Statistics Service and likely won't be made available until sometime this summer.

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