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Oklahoma Spring Planted Crop Production Enjoys Nice Swing Higher

Mon, 11 Oct 2010 5:46:30 CDT

Oklahoma Spring Planted Crop Production Enjoys Nice Swing Higher Production prospects increased for sorghum, cotton, and soybeans during the past month while the production of corn is down from the September 1 forecast, according to the Oklahoma Field Office of USDA-NASS. The state’s first pecan forecast of the year was set at 22.0 million pounds.

In fact, that pecan number is one of three numbers that were especially impressive. two years ago, our pecan trees produced just 5 million pounds- in 2009- that leapfrogged to 13.5 million pounds and now USDA is thinking another big jump to 22 million pounds. Improved varieties account for 7.0 million pounds while the native and seedling varieties account for the remaining 15.0 million

We got some details on the winter canola crop that was harvested this past June. It was a bigger crop than most of the crop observers were discussing- as conventional wisdom had us around 40,000 acres to be harvested this year- instead USDA found 60,000 acres planted last fall- and 55,000 acres harvested at the beginning of summer. Production per acre was pegged at 1,600 pounds (32 bushels per acre) for a total production of 88,000,000 pounds.

We have an audio overview of the state's crop production estimates- click on the LISTEN BAR below to take a listen.

Production of corn for grain is forecast at 41.6 million bushels, down 4 percent from last month but up 24 percent from 2009. An average yield of 130 bushels is expected from 320,000 harvested acres.

Production of grain sorghum is forecast at 12.2 million bushels, 5 percent above last month but 1 percent below last year. An average yield of 53 bushels is expected from 230,000 harvested acres.

Cotton production is forecast at 455,000 480-pound bales, up 1 percent from last month and 43 percent above 2009. An average yield of 824 pounds is expected from 265,000 harvested acres.

Soybean production is forecast at 10.58 million bushels, up 5 percent from last month but 12 percent below last year. An average yield of 23 bushels is expected from 460,000 harvested acres.

Peanut production is forecast at 64.0 million pounds, unchanged from last month but 49 percent above 2009. An average yield of 3,200 pounds is expected from 20,000 harvested acres.

Production of all hay is forecast at 5.31 million tons, down 10 percent from the initial forecast in August but slightly above 2009.

The first production forecast of sunflowers for 2010 is 17.2 million pounds, down 2 percent from 2009. Sunflower growers expect to harvest 11,800 acres with a yield forecast at 1,456 pounds per acre.

Click here for the Oklahoma numbers summarized by USDA from the Friday Crop Production data based on October 1st reports.


Ron Hays Offers an Audio Overview of 2010 Oklahoma Crops based on the October First Report
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