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August 15, 2016
Virginia Corn, Soybean, Cotton and Peanut Crop Forecasts Up from Last Year
Winter wheat and barley harvests down
Contact: Dawn Eischen, 804.786.1904


The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) today announced the state’s estimated crop production for 2016. Statistics are from the Virginia Field Office of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Corn production in Virginia was forecast at 51.3 million bushels, up 6 percent from the previous crop. Yield was estimated at 151 bushels per acre, down 10 bushels from the 2015 level. Acres for harvest as grain were estimated at 340,000 acres, up 40,000 acres from 2015. “On August 1, the corn crop had progressed to 13 percent dented, 8 percentage points behind normal,” said Herman Ellison, Virginia state statistician with USDA NASS. “The corn yield will be third highest on record.”

Soybean production is forecast at 24.6 million bushels, increased 15 percent from 2015. Yield was estimated at 41.0 bushels per acre, up 6.5 bushels from a year ago. “On August 1, the soybean crop condition was rated 69 percent good to excellent,” said Ellison. “The soybean yield will be the second highest on record.”

Virginia farmers expect to harvest 9.63 million bushels of winter wheat during 2016. The expected crop for 2016 would be down 31 percent from the previous year. Growers expect a yield of 55.0 bushels per acre, down 11.0 bushels from 2015 and down 4.0 bushels from July. Farmers expect to harvest 175,000 acres for grain.

Barley producers forecast harvesting 1.15 million bushels for 2016, down 4 percent from last year. Acres expected to be harvested for grain total 18,000 acres, up 2,000 acres from last year. Producers expect a yield of 64.0 bushels per acre, unchanged from last month but down 11.0 bushel from 2015.

Virginia cotton production is projected to be 167,000 bales, up 17 percent from last year. Cotton yields are forecast to average 1,015 pounds per acre, up 198 pounds per acre from the previous year. Producers expect to harvest 79,000 acres, down 5,000 acres from 2015.

Peanut farmers anticipate harvesting 78.0 million pounds for 2016, up 6.6 percent from last year. Acres expected to be harvested total 20,000 acres, up 1,000 from last year. Producers expect a yield of 3,900 pounds per acre, up 50.0 pounds from 2015.

Virginia flue-cured tobacco production was forecast at 50.4 million pounds, up 2 percent from 2015. Yield was projected at 2,400 pounds per acre, up 100 pounds from the 2015 crop. Harvested acreage was estimated at 21,000 acres, down 500 acres from last year’s crop.  

Production of dark fire-cured tobacco was forecast at 550,000 pounds, down 4 percent from the previous year. Burley tobacco production was forecast at 2.34 million pounds, down 3 percent from last year.

Alfalfa hay production is forecast at 248,000 tons, 10 percent above the 2015 level. Other hay production was estimated at 2.53 million tons, up 5 percent from last year.

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