SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 12 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Utah Agricultural Statistics office issued the following news release:
Based on August 1 conditions, barley production in Utah is forecast at 1.87 million bushels, down 21 percent from last year's crop. The area for harvest in 2014, at 22,000 acres, is down 8,000 acres from the 30,000 harvested last year. Barley yield is estimated at 85.0 bushels per acre, 6.0 bushels above last year. As of August 3, Utah's barley crop condition was rated 8 percent fair, 69 percent good, and 23 percent excellent. Barley harvest was 42 percent complete, compared with 33 percent last year and the 5-year average of 28 percent.
Utah farmers and ranchers expect to harvest 550,000 acres of alfalfa hay this year, unchanged from 2013. Alfalfa production is forecast at 2.20 million tons, down 5 percent from 2.31 million tons produced in 2013. Alfalfa hay yield is expected to average 4.0 tons per acre, compared to last year's yield of 4.2 tons per acre.
Utah peach production for 2014 is forecast at 5,400 tons, down slightly from last year's production of 5,421 tons. Utah commercial apple production for 2014 is forecast at 21.0 million pounds, up 27 percent from last year's production of 16.5 million pounds.
UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS
Production for the 2014 barley crop is forecast at 193 million bushels, up 3 percent from the July forecast but down 10 percent from 2013. Based on conditions as of August 1, the average yield for the United States is forecast at 73.2 bushels per acre, up 2.0 bushels from the previous forecast and up 1.5 bushels from last year. Area harvested for grain or seed, at 2.63 million acres, is unchanged from the previous forecast but down 12 percent from 2013.
Production of alfalfa and alfalfa mixture dry hay for 2014 is forecast at 63.6 million tons, up 11 percent from 2013. Based on August 1 conditions, yield is expected to average 3.50 tons per acre, up 0.26 ton from last year. Harvested area is forecast at 18.2 million acres, unchanged from June, but up 2 percent from 2013.
United States apple production for the 2014 crop year is forecast at 10.9 billion pounds, up 8 percent from 2013.
United States peach production is forecast at 863,900 tons, down 4 percent from 2013.
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