(TRENTON, NJ) ― Based on September 1, 2014 forecasts of corn for grain, the Garden State’s farmers expect to have a record-breaking yield per acre this year according to Bruce Eklund, State Statistician of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service New Jersey Field Office.
Corn acreage to be harvested for grain is 75,000 acres, 5,000 acres less than 2013. Based on crop conditions as of September 1, corn yield is forecast at 146 bushels per acre, which is 7 bushels per acre above last year’s final yield. If realized, forecasted yield will be a record for New Jersey. The current forecast of corn for grain production, at 11 million bushels, is down 2 percent from last year.
Soybean acreage for harvest is set at 93,000 acres, up 6,000 acres from last year. The expected yield, based on September 1 conditions, is 42 bushels per acre, up 3 bushels from 2013. If realized, forecasted yield would tie a record for New Jersey.
Summer Potato acreage to be harvested is 1,800 acres in New Jersey, according to September 1 predictions. The yield forecast per acre is 210 hundredweight, down 9 percent from 2013. Final production is predicted to be 378 thousand hundredweight, a decrease of 32 percent from 2013.
U.S. Corn production is forecast at 14.4 billion bushels, up 3 percent from both the August forecast and from 2013. Based on conditions as of September 1, yields are expected to average 171.7 bushels per acre, up 4.3 bushels from the August forecast and 12.9 bushels above the 2013 average. If realized, this will be the highest yield and production on record for the United States. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 83.8 million acres, unchanged from the August forecast but down 4 percent from 2013.
U.S. Soybean production is forecast at a record 3.91 billion bushels, up 3 percent from August and up 19 percent from last year. Based on September 1 conditions, yields are expected to average a record high 46.6 bushels per acre, up 1.2 bushels from last month and up 3.3 bushels from last year. Area for harvest in the United States is forecast at a record 84.1 million acres, unchanged from August but up 11 percent from last year.