USDA Releases 2018 Crop Production Estimates for U.S.

On Friday, February 8th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a new 2018 crop production report for the United States.

More below, including the full report:

https://release.nass.usda.gov/reports/cropan19.pdf

https://www.agri-pulse.com/articles/11886-usda-record-soybean-near-record-corn-crops-in-2018

Corn for grain production in 2018 was estimated at 14.4 billion bushels, down 1 percent from the 2017 estimate. The average yield in the United States was estimated at 176.4 bushels per acre, 0.2 bushel below the 2017 record yield of 176.6 bushels per acre. Area harvested for grain was estimated at 81.7 million acres, down 1 percent from the
2017 estimate.

Sorghum grain production in 2018 was estimated at 365 million bushels, up 1 percent from the 2017 total. Planted area for 2018 was estimated at 5.69 million acres, up 1 percent from the previous year. Area harvested for grain, at
5.06 million acres, was up less than 1 percent from 2017. Grain yield was estimated at 72.1 bushels per acre, up 0.4 bushel from 2017.

Rice: Production in 2018 totaled 224 million cwt, up 26 percent from the 2017 total. Planted area for 2018 was estimated at 2.95 million acres, up 20 percent from 2017. Area harvested, at 2.92 million acres, was up 23 percent from the previous crop year. The average yield for all United States rice was estimated at 7,692 pounds per acre, up 185 pounds from the 2017 average yield of 7,507 pounds per acre.

Soybean production in 2018 totaled a record 4.54 billion bushels, up 3 percent from 2017. The average yield per acre was estimated at 51.6 bushels, up 2.3 bushels from 2017, but 0.3 bushel below the record yield in 2016. Harvested area was down 2 percent from 2017 to 88.1 million acres.

All cotton production is estimated at 18.4 million 480-pound bales, down 12 percent from 2017. The United States yield is estimated at 838 pounds per acre, down 67 pounds from last year. Harvested area, at 10.5 million acres, is
down 5 percent from last year.

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