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Oct. 10 Crop Production: Sorghum Yield Estimated at 65.4 BPA

17:25PM Oct 10, 2014

Production is forecast at 404 million bushels, down 6 percent from last month but up 4 percent from last year. Acreage updates were made in several States following a thorough review of all available data. Planted area, at 7.21 million acres, is down 3 percent from the previous estimate and down 11 percent from last year. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 6.17 million acres, down 4 percent from September 1 and down 5 percent from 2013. Based on October 1 conditions, yield is forecast at 65.4 bushels per acre, down 1.8 bushels from last month but up 5.8 bushels from last year.

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As of September 28, fifty-nine percent of the sorghum crop was mature, 7 percentage points ahead of last year and 5 percentage points ahead of the five-year average. Harvest progress had reached 32 percent at this time, 4 percentage points behind last year and slightly behind the 5-year average. Fifty-seven percent of the crop was rated in good to excellent condition, compared with 54 percent last year at this time.