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Michigan Optimistic for Record Corn, Soybean Harvests
Michigan Ag Connection - 09/13/2017

Growers remain optimistic about Michigan's corn and soybean crops this year, with forecasted record production for both crops, according to Marlo D. Johnson, director of the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. This report is based on conditions as of September 1, 2017. Some highlights of the Crop Production Report are as follows:

- The average corn yield in Michigan is expected to be 169 bushels per acre, up 12 bushels from 2016, but down 1 bushel from the August 1 forecast.

- For soybeans, a yield of 48 bushels per acre is expected, down 2.5 bushels from last year, and down 1 bushel from last month's estimate.

- Sugarbeet yield in Michigan is forecast at 29.9 tons per acre, down 1 ton from last month, and down 0.9 tons per acre from 2016.

- Nationally, 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.

- U.S. soybean production is forecast at a record 4.43 billion bushels, up 1 percent from August and up 3 percent from last year. Based on September 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 49.9 bushels per acre, up 0.5 bushel from last month but down 2.2 bushels from last year. Area for harvest in the United States is forecast at a record high 88.7 million acres, unchanged from August but up 7 percent from 2016.

- National 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.

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