Final 2011 burley tobacco production by Kentucky farmers totaled 128 million pounds, down 9 percent from the 140.4 million pounds produced in 2010.
Average yield was 2,000 pounds per acre, up 50 pounds from the 2010 crop. Acreage harvested was 64,000 acres, down 8,000 acres from 2010.
Average price per pound was estimated at $1.75, up 25 cents from the previous year.
Production for the burley producing states totaled 172 million pounds, 8 percent below 2010. Six states make up the burley producing states. Kentucky, the leading producer of burley tobacco, produced 74 percent of all burley grown in the United States.
Dark fire-cured tobacco production totaled 30.9 million pounds, up 7 percent from the 2010 crop. The larger crop resulted from an increase in harvested acreage and yield.
Harvested acreage totaled 9,100 acres, up 300 acres from 2010 and yield at 3,400 pounds per acre was up 100 pounds.
Price received by farmers was $2.55 per pound, up 10 cents from the 2010 price. Dark air-cured tobacco production totaled 13.2 million pounds, up 7 percent from the 2010 production.
Farmers harvested 4,400 acres of dark air tobacco with a yield of 3,000 pounds per acre. Harvested acreage was unchanged from 2010 and yield was up 200 pounds.
Price received per pound by farmers was $2.28, up 3 cents from the previous year.