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Drought Taking its Toll; Only N.D. Dry Edible Beans Forecast Up
North Dakota Ag Connection - 08/11/2017

Based on August 1 conditions, North Dakota's 2017 spring wheat crop is forecast at 186 million bushels, down 31 percent from last year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Harvested acreage is estimated at 5.16 million acres, down 12 percent from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 36 bushels per acre, down 10 bushels from 2016.

Durum wheat production is forecast at 25.9 million bushels, down 56 percent from last year. Harvested acreage is estimated at 1.08 million, down 25 percent from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 24 bushels per acre, down 16.5 bushel from last year.

Winter wheat production is forecast at 1.52 million bushels, 74 percent below last year's crop. Harvested acreage is estimated at 40,000 acres, down 67 percent from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 38 bushels per acre, down 10 bushels from 2016.

Barley production is forecast at 24.2 million bushels, down 44 percent from last year. Harvested acreage is estimated at 410,000 acres, down 36 percent from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 59 bushels per acre, down 8 bushels from 2016.

Oat production is forecast at 4.60 million bushels, down 37 percent from last year. Harvested acreage, at 100,000 acres, is down 9 percent from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 46 bushels per acre, down 20 bushels from last year.

Corn production is forecast at 417 million bushels, down 19 percent from 2016. Acreage harvested for grain is estimated at 3.45 million acres, up 6 percent from last year. Average yield is forecast at 121 bushels per acre, down 37 bushel from last year.

Soybean production is forecast at 236 million bushels, down 5 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at a record breaking 7.15 million acres, is up 19 percent from last year. Average yield per acre is forecast at 33 bushels per acre, down 8.5 bushels from 2016.

Alfalfa hay production is forecast at 1.89 million tons, down 21 percent from last year. Harvested acreage is estimated at 1.45 million acres, up 4 from a year ago. Expected yield, at 1.30 tons per acre, is down 0.4 tons from last year. All other hay production is forecast at 1.21 million tons, down 37 percent from last year. Harvested acreage is estimated at 1.10 million acres, unchanged from a year ago. Expected yield, at 1.10 tons per acre, is down 0.65 ton from last year.

Dry edible bean production is forecast at 10.1 million cwt, up 14 percent from last year. The average yield is forecast at 1,500 pounds per acre, down 80 pounds from last year. Acres planted by class are as follows: Pinto, 459,000; Black, 91,000; Navy, 86,000; Large Garbanzo, 31,200; Pink, 2,800; Small Garbanzo, 12,900; Dark Red Kidney, 1,700; Great Northern, 2,900; Small Red, 4,300; All Other, 8,200.

Sugarbeet production is forecast at 6.18 million tons, down 1 percent from 2016. Area for harvest, at 192,000 acres, is down 5 percent from last year. Yield is estimated at a record 32.2 tons per acre, up 1.4 tons from last year.

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