Corn for grain production is estimated at 12.4 billion bushels, up slightly from the November 1 forecast but 1 percent below 2010. The average yield in the United States for 2011 is estimated at 147.2 bushels per acre. This is up 0.5 bushel from the November forecast but 5.6 bushels below the 2010 average yield of 152.8 bushels. Area harvested for grain is estimated at 84.0 million acres, up slightly from the November forecast and up 3 percent from 2010.
Sorghum grain production in 2011 is estimated at 214 million bushels, down 13 percent from the November 1 forecast and 38 percent below 2010. Planted area is estimated at 5.48 million acres, up 1 percent from last year. Area harvested for grain, at 3.93 million acres, is down 18 percent from 2010. Average grain yield, at 54.6 bushels per acre, is down 0.9 bushel from the previous forecast and down 17.2 bushels from last year.
Rice production in 2011 is estimated 185 million cwt, down 2 percent from the previous forecast and 24 percent below 2010. Planted area is estimated at 2.69 million acres, down 26 percent from 2010. Area harvested, at 2.62 million acres, is down slightly from the previous forecast and
28 percent below the previous crop year. The average yield for all United States rice is estimated at 7,067 pounds per acre, down 100 pounds from the previous forecast but 342 pounds above the 2010 yield.
Soybean production in 2011 totaled 3.06 billion bushels, up slightly from the November 1 forecast but down 8 percent from 2010. United States production is the sixth largest on record. The average yield per acre is estimated at 41.5 bushels, 0.2 bushel above the November 1 forecast but 2.0 bushels below last year's yield. Harvested area is down 4 percent from 2010 to 73.6 million
All cotton production is estimated at 15.7 million 480-pound bales, down 1 percent from last month and down 13 percent from 2010. The United States yield is estimated at 772 pounds per acre, up 1 pound from the December 1 forecast but down 40 pounds from last year. Harvested area, at 9.75 million acres, is down 1 percent from December and down 9 percent from last year.