Production estimates have been released for Arkansas crops.
Arkansas corn for grain production is forecast at 133 million bushels, down 2 percent from the August 1 forecast but up 14 percent from 2018. Based on conditions as of September 1, yield is expected to average 177 bushels per acre, down 3 bushels from last month and down 4 bushels from last year. Producers expect to harvest 750,000 acres of corn for grain, up 105,000 acres from 2018.
Upland cotton production is forecast at 1.47 million bales, unchanged from the August 1 forecast but 337,000 bales above last year. Yield is expected to average 1,157 pounds per harvested acre, unchanged from last month but up 24 pounds from 2018. Producers expect to harvest 610,000 acres, up 130,000 acres from 2018.
Peanut production in 2019 is forecast at 170 million pounds, down 23 percent from the August 1 forecast but up 48 percent from a year ago. Based on September 1 conditions, yield is expected to average 5,000 bushels per acre, unchanged from last month and unchanged from 2018. Planted acreage is revised to 35,000 acres, down 10,000 acres from June 2019. Harvested acreage is revised from 44,000 to 34,000 acres.
All rice production for the state is forecast at 83.9 million hundredweight, down 12 percent from the August 1 forecast and down 22 percent from last year's production of 107 million hundredweight. Based on conditions as of September 1, the all rice yield for 2019 is forecast at 7,450 pounds per acre, unchanged from last month but down 70 pounds from last year. All rice planted acreage is revised to 1.16 million acres, down 145,000 acres from June 2019.
Breakdown by grain length are: long grain planted area is 950,000 acres, medium grain planted area is 205,000 acres, and short grain planted area is 1,000 acres. Harvested acreage for all rice is revised to 1.13 million acres, down 150,000 acres from June.
Soybean production in 2019 is forecast at 133 million bushels, down 2 percent from the August 1 forecast and down 20 percent from last year. Based on September 1 conditions, yield is expected to average 50 bushels per acre, down 1 bushel from last month and down 1 bushel from last year. Area for harvest, at 2.65 million acres, is down 590,000 acres from 2018.
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