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Crop Production – November 2017 with Colorado Highlights

 

Colorado Highlights:

Based on November 1 conditions, corn production in Colorado is forecast at a record high 187.96 million bushels, up 17 percent from last year’s 160.29 million bushels and up 3 percent from the previous record production of 182.71 million bushels in 2010, according to the November 1 Agricultural Yield Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. The 1.27 million acres expected to be harvested for grain this year are unchanged from the October forecast and 100,000 acres above the 1.17 million acres harvested a year ago. Corn yield is estimated at 148.0 bushels per acre, up 3.0 bushels from the October 1 forecast and 11.0 bushels above last year’s final yield. As of October 29, Colorado’s corn harvested for grain was 31 percent complete, compared with 66 percent last year and the 5-year average of 61 percent. The corn crop was rated 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 15 percent fair, 61 percent good, and 18 percent excellent as of October 29.

Sorghum production in 2017 is forecast at 19.88 million bushels, down 4 percent from the 20.75 million bushels harvested last year. Growers expect to harvest 375,000 acres this year, unchanged from the October forecast and down 40,000 acres from the 415,000 acres harvested last year. Average yield is forecast at 53.0 bushels per acre, down 2.0 bushels from the October 1 forecast, but up 3.0 bushels from last year. As of October 29, Colorado’s sorghum harvested for grain was estimated at 25 percent complete, compared with 78 percent last year and the 5-year average of 49 percent. The sorghum crop was rated 6 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 15 percent fair, 54 percent good, and 19 percent excellent as of October 29.

Sugarbeet production in Colorado is forecast at 1.04 million tons, up 12 percent from the 927,000 tons produced in 2016. Growers expect to harvest 29,100 acres this year, compared with 27,600 acres a year ago. Yields are expected to average 35.6 tons per acre, up 0.2 tons per acre from the October 1 forecast and up from last year’s yield of 33.6 tons per acre. Harvest of sugarbeets was estimated at 62 percent complete, compared with 48 percent last year and the 5-year average of 70 percent as of October 29. The sugarbeet crop was rated 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 11 percent fair, 67 percent good, and 17 percent excellent as of October 29.

Fall potato growers in Colorado produced an estimated 21.53 million hundredweight of potatoes this year, down 3 percent from last year’s crop. Fall potatoes produced in the San Luis Valley totaled 19.39 million hundredweight compared with 19.83 million hundredweight produced last year. Fall potatoes grown in all other areas in Colorado totaled 2.14 million hundredweight compared with 2.41 million hundredweight last year. Average yield, at 382 hundredweight per acre, decreased 7 hundredweight per acre from the combined yield attained last year. The harvested area, estimated at 56,400 acres is down from the 57,100 acres harvested last year.

UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS

Corn production is forecast at 14.6 billion bushels, down 4 percent from last year but up 2 percent from the October forecast. Based on conditions as of November 1, yields are expected to average 175.4 bushels per acre, up 3.6 bushels from the October forecast and up 0.8 bushel from 2016. If realized, this will be the highest yield on record for the United States. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 83.1 million acres, unchanged from the previous estimate but down 4 percent from 2016.

Sorghum production is forecast at 356 million bushels, down 2 percent from the October forecast and down 26 percent from last year. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 5.05 million acres, unchanged from the previous forecast but down 18 percent from last year. Based on November 1 conditions, yield is forecast at 70.4 bushels per acre, 1.8 bushels lower than the October forecast and 7.5 bushels below the 2016 record high yield of 77.9 bushels per acre.

Production of sugarbeets for the 2017 crop year is forecast at 36.0 million tons, down 2 percent from last year. Producers expect to harvest 1.11 million acres, down 1 percent from last year. Yield is forecast at 32.4 tons per acre, a 0.3 ton decrease from last year.

Production of fall potatoes for 2017 is forecast at 399 million cwt, down 2 percent from last year. Area harvested, at 900,600 acres, is down 1 percent from the previous year. The average yield forecast, at 443 cwt per acre, is down 4 cwt from last year’s record high yield.

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

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