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November 8, 2013
RECORD CORN YIELD ON TRACK FOR VIRGINIA
PEANUTS AND COTTON YIELDS DOWN FROM SEPTEMBER FORECAST
Contact: Elaine J. Lidholm, 804.786.7686

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced today that Virginia’s corn yield as of November 1 is estimated to be 150 bushels per acre, a record for the state. If realized, this yield is up 5 bushels per acre from the previous forecast. This yield is 4 bushels per acre above the 2000 record yield of 146 bushels per acre.

Corn producers in the Commonwealth are expected to harvest 355,000 acres, up 5,000 acres from last year. Production is forecast to be 53.3 million bushels, up 48 percent from last year.

The Commonwealth’s peanut yield is forecast to be 3,700 pounds per acre, down 400 pounds per acre from the previous forecast. Production is estimated to be 59.2 million pounds, down 30 percent from last year. Producers are expected to harvest 16,000 acres in 2013.

Cotton yield is forecast to be 997 pounds per acre, down 25 pounds per acre from the previous forecast and down 121 pounds per acre from last year. Production is expected to total 160,000 bales. Cotton growers in the Commonwealth expect to harvest 77,000 acres in 2013.

Virginia’s soybean producers expect to average 40 bushels per acre, unchanged from the previous forecast but down 2 bushels per acre from last year’s record yield. Soybean production is expected to total 23.6 million bushels from 590,000 acres.

Statistics are provided by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Nationally, corn production is forecast at 14.0 billion bushels, up 1 percent from the previous forecast and up 30 percent from 2012. If realized, this will be a new record production for the United States.

Soybean production is forecast at 3.26 billion bushels, up 3 percent from the previous forecast and up 7 percent from last year. If realized, production will be the third largest on record.

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