Corn, soybean, cotton, peanut production is high

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Monday the state’s estimated corn, soybean, cotton and peanut production are up this year while winter wheat and barley yields are low.

According to data from the National Agriculture Statistics Service, corn production was forecast at 51.3 million bushels, up 6 percent from 2015.

For soybeans, production was forecast at 24.6 million bushels, up 15 percent from 2015. Yields were estimated at 41 bushels per acre, up 6.5 bushels from a year ago.

For cotton, production was forecast at 167,000 bales, up 17 percent from last year. Yields are forecast to average 1,015 pounds per acre, up 198 pounds per acre.

For peanuts, production was forecast at 78 million pounds for 2016, up 6.6 percent from last year. Producers can expect a yield of 3900 pounds per acre, up 50 pounds from 2015.

However, on the downside, winter wheat is forecast at 9.63 million bushels for 2016, down 31 percent from the previous year.

Likewise, barley is forecast at 1.15 million bushels for 2016, down 4 percent from last year.

Bobby Clarke, an extension agent with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, explained in an email what happened with the wheat and barley.

“It’s not the rain that hurt the yield but the freezing temperatures that we had in early April,” he said. “Maybe the rain hurt the barley a little, but not too much.”

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com