Virginia Farmers Expect to See Big Increase in Corn Harvest

August 12, 2013

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Monday that Virginia’s corn yields are expected to be 145 bushels per acre, up 42 bushels per acre from last year. Production is estimated to increase 29 percent from 2012.

Soybean producers currently expect to harvest 600,000 acres with an average yield of 42 bushels per acre, which is no change from last year’s yield.

Cotton yield is forecast to average 1,050 pounds per acre, down 68 pounds from last year’s 1,118 pounds per acre. If realized, production would be 151,000 bales, down 24 percent from last year. Producers expect to harvest 19 percent less compared to 2012.

Peanut producers expect to harvest 14,000 acres, a 6,000 acre decrease from the previous year. Yield is forecast at 3,500 pounds per acre, down 700 pounds from last year. Resulting production will be down 42 percent from 2012’s production.

Flue tobacco producers currently expect yields to average 2,300 pounds, down 100 pounds from 2012. Production will total 52.9 million pounds from 23,000 acres.

Burley tobacco yields are expected to average 1,800 pounds, up 50 pounds from last year. Production is expected to total 3.06 million pounds, down 35 percent from 2012. Producers expect to harvest 1,700 acres, down 1,000 acres from the previous year.

Fire-cured tobacco yields are expected to average 2,000 pounds per acre, down 300 pounds from 2012. Production is expected to total 800,000 pounds, down 8 percent from 2012.

Hay producers expect to harvest 90,000 acres of alfalfa hay with an average yield of 3.20 tons per acre. Production is expected to total 288,000 tons, down 17 percent from 2012. There are 1.20 million acres of other hay expected to be harvested in Virginia. The yield for other hay is expected to average 2.50 tons per acre. Production is expected to increase 12 percent from 2012.

Winter wheat yield is forecast at 64 bushels per acre compared with 65 bushels per acre a year earlier. Production is expected to total 18.6 million bushels which is up 19 percent from the previous year. Harvested acreage is 290,000 acres, up 50,000 from 2012.

Barley yields averaged 78 bushels per acre, down 4 bushels per acre from last year. The resulting production will total 3.43 million bushels. Barley producers harvested 44,000 acres, which was up 7,000 acres from last year.

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