Results from a survey conducted Sept. 1 by the Virginia Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service indicated that Virginia’s soybean yield prospects have increased since the last forecast on Aug. 1.

Timely rains coupled with warm, sunny conditions have improved crop conditions.

Soybean producers expect to harvest an average of 28 bushels per acre from 580,000 acres, an increase of 4 bushels per acre from the previous forecast of 24 bushels per acre on Aug. 1. Production is expected to total more than 16.2 million bushels.

Virginia corn yields are expected to average 65 bushels per acre, unchanged from the previous forecast on Aug. 1. Production is expected to total 20.8 million bushels, which is down 52 percent from last year.

The state’s cotton yield is forecast at 673 pounds per acre, down from 713 pounds per acre on Aug. 1. Cotton producers will harvest 82,000 acres in 2010, which is up 19,000 acres from the previous year. Production is expected to total 115,000 bales.

The state’s peanut yield is forecast to be 2,400 pounds per acre. This is a 200 pound per acre increase from the August forecast. Production is expected to total 43.2 million pounds from 18,000 acres for harvest.

Burley tobacco yield is forecast to be 2,200 pounds per acre, bringing total production to 3.5 million pounds from 1,600 acres. Last year’s average yield was 2,140 pounds per acre with a total production of 4.3 million pounds harvested from 2,000 acres.

Flue tobacco yield shows an increase of 250 pounds per acre from the previous forecast to 2,450 pounds per acre. Production is expected to total 42.9 million pounds from 17,500 acres.

Fire tobacco yield is forecast to be 2,350 pounds per acre. Production is forecast at nearly 1.65 million pounds from 700 acres.