Despite weather-related challenges during the planting season, Michigan growers anticipate a productive year for both soybeans and wheat, along with a record high yield for corn, according to Marlo D. Johnson, director of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Great Lakes Regional Office. The report is based on conditions as of Aug. 1.
Michigan corn producers expect a yield of 170 bushels per acre, up 13 bushels from the previous year. Production is projected to increase by 13% from last year.
Soybean production in the state is expected to total 112.2 million bushels, up 8% from a year earlier. The yield is forecast at 49 bushels per acre, a 1.5-bushel decrease from 2016. Winter wheat production in Michigan is expected to total 34.4 million bushels. The yield is forecast at 80 bushels, down 9 bushels from last year’s state record yield. Producers of dry beans are expecting their crop to yield 1,570 pounds per acre, down 350 pounds from last year. Production is expected to decline by 15% from 2016, a result of the lower expected yield.
The Michigan 2017 apple production forecast is 800 million pounds, down from 1,175 million pounds last year. The grape forecast is 64,000 tons, compared with 93,400 tons in 2016. The peach forecast is 7,000 tons, down from 10,600 tons last year.
The U.S. apple production is forecast is 10.4 million pounds, down from the 2016 production of 11.3 million pounds. The U.S. grape forecast is 7.5 million tons, compared with 7.7 million tons last year. The national peach crop forecast is 735,200 tons, up from 795,630 tons last year.