Looking like a near-record harvest

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REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio – Based on a USDA Nov. 1 yield survey, Ohio’s average corn yield for 2005 is forecast at 143 bushels per acre, up 2 bushels from previous forecast but 15 bushels below the record 2004 state yield of 158.
Total production is forecast at 460.5 million bushels, from an expected 3.22 million harvested acres.
The average state soybean yield is forecast at 44 bushels per acre, unchanged from the October forecast but 3 bushels below the 2004 record high yield of 47 bushels per acre.
Total state production is forecast at 196.7 million bushels, 5 percent less than was produced in 2004. Producers expect to harvest 4.47 million acres.
Pa. production. Pennsylvania’s 2005 production of corn for grain and soybeans is also expected to be below last year, according to the Pennsylvania field office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Corn for grain production is forecast at 108.2 million bushels, 21 percent less than last year.
Acreage for harvest is estimated at 880,000 with an expected average yield of 123 bushels per acre, 17 bushels per acre below last year.
Soybean production is forecast at 18.5 million bushels, 5 percent less than last year’s record production of 19.6 million bushels.
Acreage for harvest is estimated at 430,000, compared with 425,000 last year.
Yield is expected to average 43 bushels per acre, 3 bushels per acre below last year’s record yield of 46 bushels per acre.
Across the country. U.S. corn for grain production is forecast at 11.0 billion bushels, 7 percent below 2004.
Based on conditions as of Nov. 1, yields are expected to average 148.4 bushels per acre, up 2.3 bushels from October, but 12 bushels below last year.
If realized, both production and yield would be the second largest on record, behind last year.
Beans looking good. Soybean production is forecast at 3.04 billion bushels, 3 percent below 2004. If realized, this would be the second largest U.S. soybean crop on record, only behind last year’s crop.
Based on Nov. 1 conditions, yields are expected to average a record high 42.7 bushels per acre, up 1.1 bushels from October and 0.5 bushel above last year.
Area for harvest in the U.S. is forecast at 71.3 million acres, unchanged from last month, but down 4 percent from 2004.

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