Virginia corn crop expected to decline in 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia’s corn crop is expected to drop 7 percent this year compared to the 2013 crop.

But production of soybeans and other crops is expected to increase.

The forecast is based on Aug. 1 conditions as surveyed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says the average corn yield is expected to be 140 bushels per acre, down 14 bushels from 2013.

Soybean production is expected to increase 5 percent to 23.6 million bushels. Cotton production is expected to increase 29 percent to 195,000 bales.

Increases also are forecast for peanuts, flu-cured tobacco, burley tobacco, grain, winter wheat and grain.

Barley and hay yields are expected to decline.

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