Ohio on track for 160-bushel corn yield

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REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — Based on conditions as of Aug. 1, Ohio’s average corn yield is forecast at 160 bushels per acre, up 10 bushels from last year.

Total production is forecast at 504 million bushels.

Growers expect to harvest 3.15 million acres for grain in 2008, 460,000 acres less than in 2007.

Soybeans

Soybean yield is forecast at 45 bushels per acre, down 2 bushels from the 2007 state average. If this yield is realized, Ohio’s production would total 206.1 million bushels, up 6 percent from last year.

Harvested acreage is forecast at 4.58 million acres, up 450,000 from 2007.

Wheat

Winter wheat yield is estimated at 68 bushels per acre, 5 bushels above the previous year’s state average. Total production is estimated at 71.4 million bushels, 55 percent more than the 2007 production.

Acreage for harvest is estimated at 1,050,000 acres, up 320,000 acres from the previous year.

Ohio’s oat yield is forecast at 70 bushels per acre. Total state production is forecast at 4.2 million bushels from an expected 60,000 harvested acres.

Hay

Alfalfa hay yield in Ohio is forecast at 3.3 tons per acre. Total production is forecast at 1.82 million tons, up 28 percent from last year. Producers intend to harvest 550,000 acres in 2008, up 120,000 from last year.

All other hay yield is forecast at 2.80 tons per acre, and total state production is forecast at 1.99 million tons, up 31 percent from the previous year. Acreage for harvest is forecast at 710,000 acres.

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