US Corn Crop Predicted to be Record Large- Oklahoma Crops Mostly Smaller Than a Year Ago Except Soybeans- Called Three Percent Up from 2017Fri, 10 Aug 2018 22:12:11 CDT
The Oklahoma August First Crop Production numbers released by USDA on Friday, August 10th, showed, compared to a year ago, a smaller Oklahoma Cotton Crop. a slighter smaller corn crop, about the same number of grain sorghum bushels compared to 2017 and a slightly larger soybean crop in the state.
According to NASS, Oklahoma's Upland Cotton production is predicted to total 830 thousand bales, 19 percent lower than 2017. Yield averaged 766 pounds per acre, compared with 882 pounds last year. Acreage harvested, at 520 thousand acres, is down 6 percent from last year. If this number of harvested acres is correct- that will mean over 200,000 acres of cotton planted this spring will end up being abandoned.
Oklahoma soybean production is forecast at 19.2 million bushels, up 3 percent from last year. Yield is expected to average 30 bushels per acre, compared with 29 bushels in 2017. Harvested acreage, at 640 thousand acres, is unchanged from last year.
Oklahoma corn production totaled 32.4 million bushels, down 16 percent from the previous year. Statewide yields averaged 120 bushels per acre, 6 bushels lower than 2017. Acres harvested for grain, at 270 thousand, are down 11 percent from last year.
Oklahoma sorghum production totaled 15.4 million bushels, down 2 percent from last year. Yield averaged 44 bushels per acre, down 9 bushels from the previous year. Acres harvested, at 350 thousand acres, are 19 percent higher than 2017.
Oklahoma peanut production is 35 percent lower than last year, at 48.0 million pounds. Yield is forecast at 3,200 pounds per acre, down 500 pounds from 2017. Harvested acres is down 25 percent from last year to 15 thousand acres.
The 2018 hard red winter wheat crop is roughly half of a normal crop in 2018 versus a year ago- with August Crop Production estimates lined up at the same levels of a year ago- Oklahoma producers planted 4.4 million acres last fall- and harvested about half of those acres based on the July and August Crop Production reports- The resulting crop came in at 25 bushels an acre on the 2.2 million acres harvested this season- meaning a total crop of just 55 million bushels, which was 44 percent smaller than the 2017 crop.
Finally, USDA offers a late summer look at Hay Production, where Oklahoma lands as the second largest hay producer in 2018- behind only Texas. USDA predicts that Texas will bale 6.25 million tons of all hay other than Alfalfa this season- the top rated hay producing state in the country. The Texas hay crop is about 37% smaller than a year ago.
Oklahoma shows virtually no change in the total numberof tons of hay that is being put up this year versus 2017- and the 5.04 million tons of hay other than alfalfa is the second most of any state here in 2018. Oklahoma's hay production has grown by 100,000 acres this year to 2.8 million acres expected to be baled- with the yield per acre called 1.8 tons per acre- compared to 1.9 tons a year ago.
Following Oklahoma in hay production in 2018 is Kentucky third, Missouri fourth, Tennessee fifth and Kansas sixth.
To view the complete August 2018 Crop Production report- click or tap here.
Speaking of the August Crop Production report for the US- the national numbers came in HOT- above the trade expections for both corn and Soybeans. USDA says Corn production is forecast at 14.6 billion bushels, down less than 1 percent from last year. Based on conditions as of August 1, yields are expected to average 178.4 bushels per acre, up 1.8 bushels from 2017. If realized, this will be the highest yield on record for the United States. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 81.8 million acres, unchanged from the June forecast, but down 1 percent from 2017.
Soybean production is forecast at 4.59 billion bushels, up 4 percent from last year. Based on conditions as of August 1, yields are expected to average 51.6 bushels per acre, up 2.5 bushels from last year. Area for harvest in the United States is forecast at 88.9 million acres, unchanged from the June forecast, but down 1 percent from 2017.
All cotton production is forecast at 19.2 million 480-pound bales, down 8 percent from last year. Yield is expected to average 911 pounds per harvested acre, up 6 pounds from last year. Harvested area for all cotton is expected to total 10.1 million acres, down 9 percent from 2017.
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