USDA Forecasts Record High Delaware and Maryland Corn Yield
The 2013 growing season has delivered close to optimal yield conditions for Maryland and Delaware corn and soybean farmers. Frequent precipitation during May, June and July occurred across most areas of the two states. A prolonged period of high summer temperatures coupled with lack of rainfall has not occurred this year as it normally does. Corn, due to an earlier planting period than soybeans, has benefited the most with record-high yields forecasted. Soybean yield in both states is also projected at a near record high level as of August 1, but additional rains in August and September will be needed to realize the forecasted high yield levels.
Maryland farmers project a yield of 155 bushels per acre for the 2013 corn crop, up 33 bushels per acre from last year and equal to the state record high yield of 155 bushels achieved in 2000. If realized, this will result in total production of 66.7 million bushels of corn on the 430,000 acres expected to be harvested for grain. Farmers also expect to harvest 465,000 acres of soybeans at an average yield of 45 bushels per acre. While the current forecast is 2 bushels below last year’s state record high average yield of 47 bushels per acre, it is higher than Maryland’s second highest soybean yield of 43 bushels in 2000 . If realized, a total of 20.9 million bushels of soybeans are expected to be produced in Maryland in 2013.
Maryland farmers are expected to harvest an estimated 16.8 million bushels of wheat this year. The 2013 wheat yield averaged 67 bushels per acre, down 1 bushel per acre from 2012. Barley fields are expected to yield an average of 80 bushels per acre, down 2 bushels from the 82 bushels per acre yield in 2012. Total barley production is estimated at 4.1 million bushels.
Delaware farmers report that they expect corn fields to produce an average of 165 bushels per acre in 2013, up 30 bushels per acre from 2012 and 3 bushels higher than the previous state record high yield of 162 bushels per acre in 2000. With 174,000 acres expected to be harvested for grain, total corn production is estimated at 28.7 million bushels. Soybeans are expected to yield 40 bushels per acre, down 2.5 bushels per acre from 2012. Soybeans are expected to be harvested from 158,000 acres for a total production of 6.3 million bushels. The forecasted yield of 40 bushels compares with the state record high yield of 43 bushels in 2000.
Corn production is forecast at record high 13.76 billion bushels, up 28 percent from 2012. Based on conditions as of August 1, yields are expected to average 154.4 bushels per acre, up 31 bushels from 2012. If realized, this would be the highest average yield since 2009. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 89.1 million acres, up 2 percent from 2012.
Soybean production is forecast at 3.26 billion bushels, up 8 percent from last year. Based on August 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 42.6 bushels per acre, up 3 bushels from last year. If realized, the average yield will be the fifth highest on record. Area for harvest is forecast at 76.4 million acres, up slightly from 2012.