November 14, 2002

Missouri Soybean Production Well Below 2001 Level

"Farmers are well along with fall harvest and it appears soybean yields are a little better than expected, while corn yields are down slightly from last month's forecast" said Gene Danekas, State Statistician. "October weather provided excellent conditions for producers to make harvesting progress."

Missouri soybean production is forecast at 153 million bushels based on November 1 conditions, up 3 percent from a month ago but 18 percent below the 2001 production of 186 million bushels. A State yield of 33 bushels per acre is expected, 1 bushel above the October forecast but 5 bushels below last year's record yield.

Corn production in Missouri is forecast at 270 million bushels, down 2 percent from the previous month, and 22 percent below last year's production. The forecast yield of 100 bushels is 2 bushels below the October forecast and 33 bushels below the 2001 yield. Harvest has been ahead of normal all season and was 95 percent complete as of November 3.

Missouri grain sorghum production is forecast at 15.6 million bushels, unchanged from the October forecast but 25 percent below last year. The State yield forecast of 82 bushels per acre is 12 bushels below last year's yield.

United States soybean production is forecast at 2.69 billion bushels, up 1 percent from October but 7 percent below 2001. Based on November 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 37.5 bushels per acre, up 0.5 bushel from last month. If realized, this would be the lowest production since 1999. Area for harvest is forecast at 71.8 million acres, unchanged from October but 2 percent below last year.

Corn production in the U.S. is forecast at 9.00 billion bushels, up slightly from last month but down 5 percent from 2001. Based on conditions as of November 1, yields are expected to average 127.6 bushels per acre, up 0.4 bushel from October but down 10.6 bushels from last year. If realized, production would be at the lowest level since 1995.

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