2012 PRESS RELEASES
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July 11, 2012
WHEAT YIELD UNCHANGED FROM JUNE 2012, BARLEY DOWN FROM 2011
Contact: Elaine J. Lidholm, 804.786.7686
According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Virginia’s wheat producers expect yields to average 65 bushels per acre in 2012, according to a survey conducted by the Virginia Field Office of the National Agriculture Statistics Service, an arm of the USDA. This is unchanged from the June 2012 forecast. Yield forecasts are based on conditions as of July 1.
Wheat production in Virginia is expected to total about 17.6 million bushels, down one percent from last year’s total wheat crop of 17.8 million bushels. Producers expect to harvest 270,000 acres of wheat, 20,000 acres more than in 2011.
Barley yields in Virginia are expected to average 83 bushels per acre, down five bushels per acre from last year. Barley production is expected to total 3.74 million bushels, down 39 percent from 2011. Harvested acreage is expected to total 45,000 acres, down 25,000 acres from last year.
FLUE-CURED TOBACCO PRODUCTION UP 6 PERCENT IN 2012
Virginia’s 2012 flue-cured tobacco production is expected to total 46.2 million pounds, up six percent from 2011. Acres harvested are estimated at 21,000 acres, up 1,500 acres from last year. The yield forecast at 2,200 pounds to the acre is down 30 pounds from last year.