Final 2011 Crop Production Numbers 13 Jan 12

Final estimates confirm that Minnesota farmers produced less corn and soybeans in 2011 than 2010. Thursday’s US Department of Agriculture report estimates Minnesota corn production at 1.2 billion bushels, down 2% from November’s forecast and down 7% from a record 2010. The estimated yield of 156 bushels per acre is down 21 bushels from a record 2010, when the weather was just about perfect. Minnesota soybean production is estimated at 270 million bushels, down 4% from November and down 18% from 2010′s record. The estimated yield of 38.5 bushels per acre is down 6.5 from 2010. Spring wheat production dropped 19% and sugarbeet production fell 24% as well. While the weather was challenging in 2011, prices were strong so most producers still had a good year.