Low Crop Yields Expected in Virginia

October 13, 2010

Crop yields in Virginia are expected to be lower this year than in 2009 following a hot and dry summer.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Wednesday that farmers expect corn production to total 17.9 million bushels, a 59-percent decline from last year.

Soybean production is forecast to fall by 37 percent to 13.2 million bushels.

Farmers expect alfalfa production to total 225,000 tons, down 17 percent from last year. Other hay production is expected to fall by ten percent to 2.16 million tons.

Declines also are expected in cotton, burley tobacco and apple production.

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