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CROP PRODUCTION – SEPTEMBER 2017

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

Based on September 1 conditions, corn production in Colorado is forecast at 176.90 million bushels, according to the September 1 Agricultural Yield Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. This forecast is unchanged from the August 1 forecast and up 10 percent from the 160.29 million bushels produced last year. The 1.22 million acres expected to be harvested for grain this year are unchanged from the August 1 forecast and 50,000 acres above the 1.17 million acres harvested a year ago. Corn yield is estimated at 145.0 bushels per acre, unchanged from the August 1 forecast and 8.0 bushels above last year’s final yield. As of September 3, Colorado’s corn crop condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Corn in the dent stage was 31 percent complete, compared with 60 percent last year and the 5-year average of 55 percent.

Sorghum production in 2017 is forecast at 20.91 million bushels, down 7 percent from the August 1 forecast, but up 1 percent from the 20.75 million bushels harvested last year. Growers expect to harvest 410,000 acres this year, unchanged from the August 1 forecast, but down from the 415,000 acres harvested last year. Average yield is forecast at 51.0 bushels per acre, down 4.0 bushels from the August 1 forecast, but up 1.0 bushel from last year. As of September 3, Colorado’s sorghum crop condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 17 percent fair, 68 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Sorghum turning color was 46 percent complete, compared with 58 percent last year and the 5-year average of 49 percent.

Sugarbeet production is forecast at 1.00 million tons, up 8 percent from the 927,000 tons produced in 2016. Growers expect to harvest 28,100 acres this year compared with 27,600 acres a year ago. Yields are expected to average 35.7 tons per acre, down 0.9 tons per acre from the August 1 forecast, but up from last year’s yield of 33.6 tons per acre. As of September 3, Colorado’s sugarbeet crop condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 10 percent fair, 76 percent good, and 10 percent excellent.

UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS

Corn production is forecast at 14.2 billion bushels, down 6 percent from last year but up less than 1 percent from the August forecast. Based on conditions as of September 1, yields are expected to average 169.9 bushels per acre, up 0.4 bushel from the August forecast but down 4.7 bushels from 2016. If realized, this will be the third highest yield and production on record for the United States. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 83.5 million acres, unchanged from the August forecast but down 4 percent from 2016.

Sorghum production is forecast at 371 million bushels, up less than 1 percent from the August forecast but down 23 percent from last year. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 5.31 million acres, unchanged from the previous forecast but down 14 percent from 2016. Based on September 1 conditions, yield is forecast at 69.8 bushels per acre, 0.2 bushel higher than the August forecast but 8.1 bushels below the 2016 record high yield of 77.9 bushels per acre.

Production of sugarbeets for the 2017 crop year is forecast at 36.2 million tons, down 2 percent from last year. Producers expect to harvest 1.09 million acres, down 3 percent from last year. Expected yield is forecast at 33.3 tons per acre, an increase of 0.6 ton from last year.

For a full copy of the Crop Production report please visit www.nass.usda.gov.

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