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August Weather Favors Michigan Crops
Michigan Ag Connection - 09/13/2018

August weather was favorable for Michigan corn and soybeans, according to Marlo D. Johnson, director of the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. This report is based on conditions as of September 1, 2018. Some highlights of the Crop Production Report follow:

- The average corn yield in Michigan is expected to be 165 bushels per acre, up 6 bushels from 2017, and up 7 bushels from the August 1 forecast. If realized, this will be a new record yield.

- For soybeans, a yield of 49 bushels per acre is expected, up 6.5 bushels from last year, and up 3 bushels from last month's estimate.

- Sugarbeet producers expect a yield of 30.4 tons per acre, up 0.4 tons from last month, and up 5.2 tons per acre from 2017.

- Nationally, corn production is forecast at 14.8 billion bushels, up 2 percent from August and up 2 percent from last year. Based on conditions as of September 1, yields are expected to average 181.3 bushels per acre, up 2.9 bushels from the August forecast and up 4.7 bushels from 2017. If realized, this will be the highest yield on record for the United States. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 81.8 million acres, unchanged from the August forecast, but down 1 percent from 2017.

- U.S. soybean production is forecast at a record 4.69 billion bushels, up 2 percent from August and up 7 percent from last year. Based on September 1 conditions, yields are expected to average a record high 52.8 bushels per acre, up 1.2 bushels from last month and up 3.7 bushels from last year. Area for harvest in the United States is forecast at 88.9 million acres, unchanged from August but down 1 percent from 2017.

- National production of sugarbeets for the 2018 crop year is forecast at 36.0 million tons, up 2 percent from last year. Producers expect to harvest 1.10 million acres, down 2 percent from last year. Expected yield is forecast at 32.8 tons per acre, an increase of 1.1 tons from last year.

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