The month of August weather was a mixed bag for the Maryland and Delaware areas. Corn and soybean crop conditions were reported mostly good to excellent across both states.
As of Sept. 1, Maryland farmers reported a yield of more than 100 bushels per acre for the 2013 corn crap, same as last month. If realized, the total production will be 66.7 million bushels of corn from 430,000 harvested acres for grain. Farmers expect to average more than 40 bushels per acre for soybeans, down two bushels from the Aug. 1 yield forecast.
Delaware farmers reported a yield of 160 bushels per acre in 2013, down five bushels per acre from last month. A total of 174,000 acres are expected to be harvested with a total corn production estimated at 27.8 million.
Corn production in the United States is forecast at 13.8 billion bushels, up less than one percent from the August forecast and up to 28 percent from 2012. Based on conditions as of Sept. 1, yields are expected to average 155.3 bushels per acre, up 0.9 bushels from the August forecast and 31.9 bushels above the 2012 average.
Soybean production is forecast at 3.15 billion bushels, down three percent from August but up four percent from last year. Based on Sept. 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 41.2 bushels per acre, down 1.4 bushels from last month but up 1.6 bushels from last year.