2012 PRESS RELEASES
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September 13, 2012
SOYBEAN, CORN, COTTON AND PEANUT YIELDS UP FROM THE PREVIOUS FORECAST
Contact: Elaine J. Lidholm, 804.786.7686
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services today released results from a survey conducted September 1 by the Virginia Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
The survey indicated that Virginia’s soybean yield prospects have increased since the last forecast on August 1.Timely rains coupled with warm, sunny conditions have improved crop conditions. Soybean producers expect to harvest an average of 36 bushels per acre from 540,000 acres, an increase of two bushels per acre from the previous forecast on August 1. Production is expected to total 19.44 million bushels.
Virginia corn yields are expected to average 95 bushels per acre, up four bushels from the previous forecast on August 1. Production is expected to total 33.25 million bushels, which is down 17 percent from last year.
The state’s cotton yield is forecast at 988 pounds per acre, up from 914 pounds per acre on August 1. Cotton producers will harvest 85,000 acres in 2012 which is down 30,000 acres from the previous year. Production is expected to total 175 thousand bales.
The state’s peanut yield is forecast to be 3,700 pounds per acre. This is a 400 pound per acre increase from the August forecast. Production is expected to total 74 million pounds from 20,000 acres for harvest.
Burley tobacco yield is forecast to be 1,900 pounds per acre, bringing total production to 5.13 million pounds from 2,700 acres. Last year’s average yield was 1,900 pounds per acre with a total production of 3.80 million pounds harvested from 2,000 acres.
Flue tobacco yield has an increase of 170 pounds per acre from the previous forecast to 2,400 pounds per acre. Production is expected to total 48 million pounds from 20,000 acres.
Fire tobacco yield is forecast to be 1,900 pounds per acre. Production is forecast at 722 thousand pounds from 380 acres.