08-10-17 USDA-NASS: Colorado Crop Production for August 2017…

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CROP PRODUCTION – August 2017

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

Based on August 1 conditions, corn production in Colorado is forecast at 176.90 million bushels, according to the August 1 Agricultural Yield Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. This forecast is up 10 percent from last year’s 160.29 million bushels. The 1.22 million acres expected to be harvested for grain this year is unchanged from the June forecast, but 50,000 acres above the 1.17 million acres harvested a year ago. Average yield is expected to increase 8.0 bushels per acre from last year to 145.0 bushels per acre. As of July 30, Colorado’s corn crop condition was rated 5 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. Corn silking was 69 percent complete, compared with 67 percent last year and the 5-year average of 64 percent.
Sorghum production in 2017 is forecast at 22.55 million bushels, up 9 percent from the 20.75 million bushels harvested a year earlier. Growers expect to harvest 410,000 acres this year, down from the 415,000 acres harvested last year. Average yield is forecast at 55.0 bushels per acre, 5.0 bushels above last year’s final yield. As of July 30, the sorghum crop condition was rated 13 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 44 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Sorghum headed was 23 percent complete, compared with 39 percent last year and the 5-year average of 25 percent.
Barley production is forecast at 7.29 million bushels, unchanged from the July 1 forecast, but down 24 percent from last year’s crop. Area for harvest in 2017, at 54,000 acres, is down 20,000 acres from the 74,000 acres harvested last year. Barley yield is forecast at 135.0 bushels per acre, unchanged from the July 1 forecast, but 6.0 bushels per acre higher than last year. As of July 30, the barley crop condition was rated 1 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 20 percent excellent. Barley harvest was 3 percent complete, compared with 9 percent last year and the 5-year average of 11 percent.
Winter wheat production is forecast at 88.00 million bushels, up 5 percent from the July 1 forecast, but down 16 percent from the 105.12 million bushels produced last year. Area for harvest is expected to total 2.00 million acres, 190,000 acres less than the 2.19 million acres harvested in 2016. As of August 1, the average yield is forecast at 44.0 bushels per acre, 2.0 bushels above the July 1 forecast, but 4.0 bushels below last year’s final yield. As of July 30, Colorado’s winter wheat harvest was 94 percent complete, compared with 94 percent last year and the 5-year average of 94 percent.
Colorado farmers and ranchers expect to harvest 700,000 acres of alfalfa hay this year, up 20,000 acres from 2016. They also expect to harvest 710,000 acres of other hay in 2017, up 10,000 acres from last year. Alfalfa production is forecast at 2.73 million tons, up 15 percent from the 2.38 million tons produced in 2016. Other hay production is forecast at 1.35 million tons, up 13 percent from the 1.19 million tons produced a year ago. Yields are expected to average 3.90 tons per acre for alfalfa and 1.90 tons per acre for other hay, compared to last year’s yields of 3.50 tons per acre for alfalfa hay and 1.70 tons per acre for other hay.
Dry bean production for 2017 is forecast at 988,000 hundredweight, up 32 percent from the 751,000 hundredweight produced a year earlier. Yields are expected to average 1,780 pounds per acre, up from 1,750 pounds per acre last year. Growers expect to harvest 55,500 acres this year, up 12,500 acres from 43,000 acres last year.
Sugarbeet production is forecast at 1.03 million tons, up 11 percent from the 927,000 tons produced in 2016. Growers expect to harvest 28,100 acres this year compared with 27,600 acres a year ago. Yields are expected to average 36.6 tons per acre, up from 33.6 tons per acre a year ago.
Colorado peach production for 2017 is forecast at 11,500 tons, down 16 percent from last year’s production of 13,730 tons

UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS

Corn production is forecast at 14.2 billion bushels, down 7 percent from last year. Based on conditions as of August 1, yields are expected to average 169.5 bushels per acre, down 5.1 bushels from 2016. If realized, this will be the third highest yield and production on record for the United States. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 83.5 million acres, unchanged from the June forecast but down 4 percent from 2016.
Sorghum production is forecast at 369 million bushels, down 23 percent from last year. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 5.31 million acres, unchanged from the June forecast but down 14 percent from 2016. Based on August 1 conditions, yield is forecast at 69.6 bushels per acre, 8.3 bushels below the 2016 record high yield of 77.9 bushels per acre.
Barley production is forecast at 140 million bushels, down 2 percent from the July 1 forecast and down 30 percent from 2016. Based on conditions as of August 1, the average yield for the United States is forecast at 72.1 bushels per acre, down 1.4 bushels from the previous forecast and down 5.8 bushels from last year. Area harvested for grain or seed, at 1.95 million acres, is unchanged from the previous forecast but down 24 percent from 2016.
Winter wheat production is forecast at 1.29 billion bushels, up 1 percent from the July 1 forecast but down 23 percent from 2016. Based on August 1 conditions, the United States yield is forecast at 50.0 bushels per acre, up 0.3 bushel from last month but down 5.3 bushels from last year. The area expected to be harvested for grain or seed totals 25.8 million acres, unchanged from last month but down 15 percent from last year. Hard Red Winter production, at 758 million bushels, is up less than 1 percent from last month. Soft Red Winter, at 306 million bushels, is up less than 1 percent from the July forecast. White Winter, at 223 million bushels, is up 3 percent from last month. Of the White Winter production, 18.8 million bushels are Hard White and 204 million bushels are Soft White.
Production of alfalfa and alfalfa mixture dry hay for 2017 is forecast at 56.2 million tons, down 4 percent from 2016. Based on August 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 3.28 tons per acre, down 0.17 ton from last year. Harvested area is forecast at 17.1 million acres, unchanged from the June forecast but up 1 percent from 2016.
Production of other hay is forecast at 76.4 million tons, down less than 1 percent from 2016. Based on August 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 2.10 tons per acre, up 0.01 ton from last year. If realized, the 2017 average yield will be a record high for the United States. Harvested area is forecast at 36.4 million acres, unchanged from the June forecast but down less than 1 percent from 2016.
Production of dry edible beans is forecast at 34.2 million cwt, up 19 percent from last year. Planted area is estimated at 2.09 million acres, up 26 percent from 2016. Harvested area is forecast at 2.01 million acres, 29 percent above the previous year. The average United States yield is forecast at 1,704 pounds per acre, a decrease of 138 pounds from last season.
Production of sugarbeets for the 2017 crop year is forecast at 36.3 million tons, down 1 percent from last year. Planted area is forecast at 1.12 million acres, down 1 percent from last year. Producers expect to harvest 1.09 million acres, down 3 percent from 2016. Expected yield is forecast at 33.4 tons per acre, an increase of 0.7 ton from last year. United States peach production is forecast at 735,200 tons, down 8 percent from 2016.
For a full copy of the Crop Production report please visit http://www.nass.usda.gov.