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Minnesota Corn Yields Expected Up 2 bu/acre
Minnesota Ag Connection - 10/13/2017

Minnesota corn production is forecast at 1.41 billion bushels, down 9 percent from last year, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service - Crop Production report. Based on conditions as of October 1, yields are expected to average 184 bushels per acre, up 2 bushels per acre from the September 1 forecast but down 9 bushels from last year. Corn planted acreage is estimated at 8.10 million acres. An estimated 7.65 million of the acres planted will be harvested for grain.

Soybean production is forecast at 373 million bushels, down 4 percent from last year. The yield is forecast at 46.0 bushels per acre, down 1.0 bushel per acre from the September 1 forecast and 6.0 bushels below 2016. Soybean planted acreage is estimated at 8.15 million acres with 8.10 million acres to be harvested.

Production of alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures for hay is forecast at 2.61 million tons, down 23 percent from the previous year. Yield is expected to average 2.90 tons per acre, down 0.50 ton from last year. Harvested area is forecast at 900,000 acres, down 100,000 acres from 2016. Production of other hay is forecast at 1.33 million tons, up 28 percent from last year. Yields are expected to average 1.90 tons per acre. Harvested area is forecast at 700,000 acres, up 180,000 acres from 2016.

Dry edible bean production is forecast at 3.68 million cwt, up 12 percent from last year. An expected 168,000 acres will be harvested, with an expected yield of 2,190 pounds per acre.

Sugarbeet production is estimated at 12.2 million tons, down 3 percent from last year. Yield is forecast at 29.5 tons per acre, down 1.6 tons from the September forecast and down 0.5 ton from 2016. Acres expected to be harvested decreased 4,000 acres from last year to 413,000 acres.

Sunflower production is forecast at 75.9 million pounds, down 33 percent from 2016. Yield is forecast at 1,705 pounds per acre, with an expected 44,500 acres harvested.

Canola production is forecast at 67.3 million pounds, up 44 percent from 2016. Yield is forecast at 1,950 pounds per acre, with an expected 34,500 acres harvested.

The forecasts in this report are based on October 1 conditions and do not reflect weather effects since that time. The next crop production forecasts, based on conditions as of November 1, will be released on November 9.

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