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Yield Forecasts a Mixed Bag for Ohio Growers
Ohio Ag Connection - 08/11/2017

Yield forecasts are a mixed bag for Ohio growers, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA, NASS, Ohio Field Office. Ohio producers experienced extremely wet conditions for much of the season, creating wide variations in crop conditions. Highlights of the August 1 Crop Production report follow:

- Ohio's average corn yield is forecast at 171 bushels per acre, 12 bushels above last year. Total production is forecast at 552.3 million bushels, up 5 percent from last year.

- Soybean yield is forecast at 53 bushels per acre, down 1.5 bushels from last year. Total production is forecast at 264 million bushels, up 2 percent from last year.

- Winter Wheat yield is estimated at 77 bushels per acre, down 3 bushels from last year.

- Ohio's oat yield is forecast at 66 bushels per acre 8 bushels below last year. Total production is forecast at 1.3 million bushels.

- Hay producers expect to harvest 320,000 acres of alfalfa hay with an average yield of 3.2 tons per acre. Total production is forecast at 1.02 million tons. All other hay for harvest is expected at 700,000 acres with an average yield of 2.3 tons per acre. Total state production is forecast at 1.61 million tons.

The Ohio 2017 apple production forecast is 47.0 million pounds, down 13.5 million pounds from last year. The grape forecast is 4,800 tons, compared with 5,500 tons in 2016. The peach forecast is 3,500 tons, up from 1,570 tons from last year. The U.S. apple production is forecast is 10,444 million pounds, down from the 2016 production of 11,273.5 million pounds. The U.S. grape forecast is 7,505,300 tons, compared with 7,669,030 tons last year. The national peach crop forecast is 735,200 tons, down from 795,630 tons last year.

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