What is in this article?:
- Florida reports field crop conditions, forecasts
- Crop production forecasts
Florida’s field crops suffered from extremely high temperatures during the month of August, while moisture conditions varied across the state. While sugarcane yields are expected to increase over last year, cotton and peanut yields will likely be lower.
Crop production forecasts
Cotton: Based on conditions as of Sept. 1, production is estimated at 130,000 bales, up 11 percent from 2009. Harvested acres are at 89,000acres, 11,000 acres more than last year. Predicted yield is 701 pounds per acre, down three percent from last year.
Peanuts: Total expected production is at 392,000,000 pounds, up 17 percent from last year. Harvested acreage is estimated at 135,000 acres, up 30,000 acres from last year. Expected yield is 2,900 pounds per acre, down nine percent from the previous year.
Sugarcane: Production for sugar and seed is estimated to be 14.4 million tons, down three percent from last year. Harvested area is expected to be 392,000 acres, 5,000 acres more than the previous year. Expected yield is set at 36.7 net tons per acre, a two percent increase from 2009.