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August 16, 2004   Email to Friend 

Jeff Helms
(334) 613-4212
August 16, 2004

MONTGOMERY, Ala.-- Based on conditions Aug. 1, Alabama farmers are looking at near-record yields for major row crops and hay, according to the Alabama Agricultural Statistics Service.

Thus far, mostly adequate soil moisture along with near-normal temperatures have provided good to excellent conditions throughout the growing season for crops over most of the state.

The Alabama Statistical Office queried 303 of the States' farmers about prospects for their crops this year. These monthly yield surveys will continue until harvest is completed this fall. Corn farmers are very optimistic about their yield outlook, but would welcome warmer weather to enhance crop maturity. Currently, 83 percent of the corn crop is rated in good to excellent condition. Corn yield is expected to be 120 bushels per acre, 2 bushels lower than last year.

Eighty-five percent of cotton has set bolls and 2 percent of bolls have opened. Yields for cotton are predicted to be 749 pounds per acre. As of Aug. 1, 96 percent of the state's peanuts had pegged. More rain will be needed to finish out the peanut crop. Many farmers have been busy spraying their fields to keep up with insects. Peanut yields are forecast at the highest since 1984, reaching 2900 pounds per acre.

Eighty-eight percent of the soybean crop was rated in good to excellent condition. The crop looks good due to early rains and disease problems are minimal with drier weather. Yield per acre is set at 33 bushels for soybeans, which is 7 bushels higher than the 10 year average, but three bushels lower than the record year.

Click here to read the Statistics Service's complete report.

Click here to download a chart of the expected yields

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