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Michigan Farmers Anticipate Better Yields this Year
Michigan Ag Connection - 10/12/2018

Most Michigan farmers anticipate better yields in 2018 than in 2017, according to Marlo Johnson, Ddrector, USDA NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. The October Crop Production Report is based on conditions as of October 1, 2018. Some highlights of the report are:

- Michigan's corn yield is up 4 bushels from last year to 163 bushels per acre. If realized, this will be a new State record yield. Total production is expected to be 310 million bushels, up 3 percent from the year before.

- Michigan's soybean yield is forecast at 49.0 bushels per acre, up 6.5 bushels from a year ago. Production is expected to be 112 million bushels, up 16 percent from 2017.

- Michigan sugarbeet growers anticipate a yield of 31.0 tons per acre, up 5.8 tons from last year. Production is forecast at 4.61 million tons.

- Michigan dry bean growers are expecting their crop to yield 2,400 pounds per acre, a 390 pound per acre increase from last year. If realized, this will be a record high yield. Total production, at 4.51 million hundredweight, is up 3 percent from last year.

- Michigan's alfalfa hay yield is forecast at 3.0 tons per acre, up 0.2 tons from last year.

- Michigan's other hay yield is forecast at 2.0 tons per acre, up 0.5 tons from last year.

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