USDA Forecasts Record Corn Production, 25% Increase in Soybeans

11:06AM Aug 12, 2020
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From USDA NASS:

 

Crop Production 

 

ISSN: 1936-3737

 

Released August 12, 2020, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service 

(NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of 

Agriculture (USDA).

 

Corn Production Up 12 Percent from 2019

Soybean Production Up 25 Percent from 2019

Cotton Production Down 9 Percent from 2019

Winter Wheat Production Down 2 Percent from July Forecast

 

Corn production for grain is forecast at a record high 15.3 billion bushels, 

up 12 percent from 2019. Based on conditions as of August 1, yields are 

expected to average a record high 181.8 bushels per harvested acre, up 

14.4 bushels from last year. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 

84.0 million acres, unchanged from the June forecast, but up 3 percent from 

the previous year.

 

Soybean production for beans is forecast at 4.42 billion bushels, 

up 25 percent from 2019. Based on conditions as of August 1, yields are 

expected to average a record high 53.3 bushels per harvested acre, 

up 5.9 bushels from 2019. Area harvested for beans in the United States is 

forecast at 83.0 million acres, unchanged from the previous forecast but 

up 11 percent from 2019.

 

All cotton production is forecast at 18.1 million 480-pound bales, down 

9 percent from 2019. Based on conditions as of August 1, yields are expected 

to average a record high 938 pounds per harvested acre, up 115 pounds from 

2019. Upland cotton production is forecast at 17.5 million 480-pound bales, 

down 9 percent from 2019. Pima cotton production is forecast at 

554,500 bales, down 19 percent from 2019. All cotton area harvested is 

forecast at 9.25 million acres, down 20 percent from 2019.

 

All wheat production for grain is forecast at 1.84 billion bushels, up 

1 percent from the previous forecast but down 4 percent from 2019. Based on 

August 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 50.1 bushels per 

harvested acre, up 0.4 bushel from the previous forecast, but down 

1.6 bushels from 2019. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 36.7 million 

acres, unchanged from the previous forecast, but down 1 percent from 2019.

 

Winter wheat production is forecast at 1.20 billion bushels, down 2 percent 

from the July 1 forecast and down 8 percent from 2019. As of August 1, the 

United States yield is forecast at 51.1 bushels per acre, down 0.9 bushel 

from last month and down 2.5 bushels from last year's average yield of 

53.6 bushels per acre. The area expected to be harvested for grain or seed 

totals 23.4 million acres, unchanged from the previous forecast, but down 

4 percent from last year.

 

Hard Red Winter production, at 695 million bushels, is down 2 percent from 

last month. Soft Red Winter, at 277 million bushels, is down 1 percent from 

the July forecast. White Winter, at 226 million bushels, is down less than 

1 percent from last month. Of the White Winter production, 14.6 million 

bushels are Hard White and 212 million bushels are Soft White.

 

Durum wheat production is forecast at 61.8 million bushels, up 11 percent 

from the previous forecast and up 15 percent from 2019. Based on August 1 

conditions, yields are expected to average 42.8 bushels per harvested acre, 

up 4.3 bushels from the previous forecast but down 2.9 bushels from 2019. 

Area expected to be harvested for grain or seed totals 1.44 million acres, 

unchanged from the previous forecast, but up 23 percent from 2019.

 

Other spring wheat production for grain is forecast at 577 million bushels, 

up 5 percent from the previous forecast and up 3 percent from last year. 

Based on August 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 49.0 bushels per 

harvested acre, up 2.4 bushels from the previous forecast, and up 0.8 bushel 

from 2019. If realized, a record high yield is expected for the 

United States. Area harvested for grain or seed is expected to total 

11.8 million acres, unchanged from the previous forecast, but 1 percent above 

2019. Of the total production, 530 million bushels are Hard Red Spring wheat, 

up 2 percent from 2019.

This report was approved on August 12, 2020.

 

Secretary of Agriculture

Designate

Stephen L. Censky

 

Agricultural Statistics Board

Chairperson

Joseph L. Parsons

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