Few surprises in September WASDE


Corn production for grain is forecast at 14.9 billion bushels, down 2 percent

from the previous forecast but up 9 percent from 2019. Based on conditions as

of September 1, yields are expected to average a record high 178.5 bushels

per harvested acre, down 3.3 bushels from the previous forecast but up

11.1 bushels from last year. Area harvested for grain is forecast at

83.5 million acres, down 1 percent from the previous forecast, but up

3 percent from the previous year.

Soybean production for beans is forecast at 4.31 billion bushels,

down 3 percent from the previous forecast but up 21 percent from last year.

Based on conditions as of September 1, yields are expected to average a

record high 51.9 bushels per harvested acre, down 1.4 bushels from the

previous forecast but up 4.5 bushels from 2019. Area harvested for beans in

the United States is forecast at 83.0 million acres, unchanged from the

previous forecast but up 11 percent from 2019.

All cotton production is forecast at 17.1 million 480-pound bales, down

6 percent from the previous forecast and down 14 percent from 2019. Based on

conditions as of September 1, yields are expected to average a record high

910 pounds per harvested acre, down 28 pounds from the previous forecast but

up 87 pounds from 2019. Upland cotton production is forecast at 16.5 million

480-pound bales, down 6 percent from the previous forecast and down

14 percent from 2019. Pima cotton production is forecast at 559,000 bales, up

1 percent from the previous forecast but down 18 percent from 2019. All

cotton harvested area is forecast at 9.01 million acres, down 3 percent from

the previous forecast and down 22 percent from 2019. All cotton planted area

totaled 12.1 million acres, down 1 percent from the previous forecast and

down 12 percent from 2019.

California Navel orange production for the 2020-2021 season is forecast at

1.68 million tons (42.0 million boxes), down 5 percent from last season. This

initial forecast is based on an objective measurement survey conducted in

California's Central Valley from mid-June to the beginning of September. The

objective measurement survey indicated that fruit set was the same as last

year but the average fruit size was above last year. Harvest is expected to

begin in October.

This report was approved on September 11, 2020.

Secretary of Agriculture

Designate

Stephen L. Censky

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