Indiana's corn output down 7% year-over-year to 839.5 million bushels in 2011, USDA says; soybean production down 8% to 238.1 million bushels; winter wheat plantings fall 17% to 370,000 acres

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana , January 13, 2012 (press release) – Indiana corn production in 2011 totaled 839.5 million bushels, 7 percent below last year’s 898.0 million bushels. Corn acreage harvested for grain totaled 5.75 million, up 1 percent from 2010. The average yield of 146 bushels per acre is 11 bushels below the 157 produced in 2010.

Indiana's soybean production was 238.1 million bushels, down 8 percent from last year’s 258.5 million bushels. Harvested acreage is estimated at 5.29 million, down 1 percent from last year’s 5.33 million acres. The average yield of 45.0 bushels per acre was 3.5 bushels below the previous year's average yield of 48.5.

Final winter wheat production at 24.8 million bushels was up 80 percent over the previous year. Indiana’s 2012 winter wheat seedings for all purposes is forecast at 370,000 acres, down 14 percent from a year ago.

Alfalfa hay production, at 1,200 million tons was up 11 percent from the previous year. Other hay production, at 703 thousand tons, decreased 14 percent. Production of popcorn, at 276.0 million pounds, decreased 7 percent from last year. Peppermint production was down slightly and the production of spearmint decreased 4 percent from 2010.

Nationally, corn for grain production is estimated at 12.4 billion bushels, up slightly from the November 1 forecast but 1 percent below 2010. The average yield in the United States for 2011 is estimated at 147.2 bushels per acre. This is up 0.5 bushel from the November forecast but 5.6 bushels below the 2010 average yield of 152.8 bushels. Area harvested for grain is estimated at 84.0 million acres, up slightly from the November forecast and up 3 percent from 2010.

U.S. soybean production in 2011 totaled 3.06 billion bushels, up slightly from the November 1 forecast but down 8 percent from 2010. United States production is the sixth largest on record. The average yield per acre is estimated at 41.5 bushels, 0.2 bushel above the November 1 forecast but 2.0 bushels below last year’s yield. Harvested area is down 4 percent from 2010 to 73.6 million acres.

The 2011 winter wheat production totaled 1.49 billion bushels, 1 percent above the previous year. The United States yield is 46.2 bushels per acre, down 0.6 bushel from 2010. Area harvested for grain is estimated at 32.3 million acres, up 2 percent from the previous year.

INDIANA'S 2012 WINTER WHEAT ACREAGE DOWN

Indiana farmers seeded an estimated 370,000 acres of winter wheat for the 2012 crop year. This is down 17 percent from the previous year’s seeded level. Indiana's 2011 wheat crop totaled 24.8 million bushels, up 80 percent from the 2010 production. The final 2011 average yield of 62 bushels per acre is up 2 bushels from last year’s yield of 60 bushels per acre. The 2011 harvested acreage for Indiana wheat is set at 400,000 acres, up 74 percent from 2010.

Nationally, winter wheat seeded area for 2012 is expected to total 41.9 million acres, up 3 percent from 2011. Approximate class acreage breakdowns are: Hard Red Winter, 30.1 million; Soft Red Winter, 8.37 million; and White Winter, 3.49 million.

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