farmers expect to have a record-breaking year for soybean production, according to the Northeastern Regional
Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
Winter wheat acres harvested totaled 165,000, which is 5,000 acres more than last year. The winter wheat
yield as of August 1 is estimated at 65 bushels per acre. The resulting winter wheat production of
10.725 million bushels is 1 percent lower than last year. Barley acreage for harvest, at 55,000, is 5,000 acres
less than 2013. Barley yield is forecast at 68 bushels per acre, unchanged from the July 1 forecast and
unchanged from the final yield for 2013. Barley production is expected to be 3.74 million bushels, 8 percent
below last year's production. Oat acreage for harvest, at 60,000, is up 10,000 acres from a year ago. Based on
crop conditions as of August 1, the oat yield is forecast at 60 bushels per acre, up 5 bushels from the July 1
forecast, but down 2 bushels per acre from last year’s final yield. The resulting oat production of 3.60 million
bushels would be 16 percent above last year.
Corn acreage to be harvested for grain at 1,000,000 acres, is 90,000 acres less than 2013. Based on crop
conditions as of August 1, corn yield is forecast at 149 bushels per acre, which is 2 bushels per acre more than
last year's final yield. The current forecast of corn for grain production, at 149.0 million bushels is down
7 percent from last year. Soybean acreage for harvest is set at 600,000 acres, up 65,000 acres from last year.
The expected yield, based on August 1 conditions, is 49 bushels per acre, unchanged from the final yield for
2013. Total production, at 29.4 million bushels, is up 12 percent from 2013. If realized, this would be a record
production for Pennsylvania.
Alfalfa acreage harvested for dry hay is estimated at 340,000 acres, unchanged from 2013. As of August 1,
yield is forecast at 3.3 tons per acre, up 0.4 tons from last year’s final yield. The resulting production, at
1.12 million tons, would be 14 percent above last year. All other hay acres harvested for dry hay is estimated
at 950,000, acres, up 30,000 acres from last year. The expected yield as of August 1 of 2.3 tons per acre is up
0.2 tons per acre from last year’s final yield. Total production, at 2.2 million tons, is up 13 percent from 2013.
Burley tobacco acreage for harvest is estimated at 5,100 acres, unchanged from 2013. As of August 1, yield is
forecast at 2,500 pounds per acre, up 100 pounds per acre. The resulting production of 12.7 million pounds is
4 percent above 2013, and the highest recorded since the series began in 2005. Pennsylvania seed leaf
tobacco acreage for harvest is estimated at 2,000 acres with an expected yield as of August 1 of 2,400 pounds
per acre. This would result in production of 4.80 million pounds, which is 11 percent above last year.
Southern Maryland type tobacco acreage for harvest was estimated at 2,000, unchanged from last year.
With an estimated yield based on condition of the crop as of August 1 of 2,300 pounds per acre, production
would be 4.60 million pounds, which is 2 percent below 2013
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