Farmers Produce Less in 2011
January 13, 2012
Hindered by unfavorable planting and growing conditions during 2011, U.S. farmers produced a smaller crop than the previous year according to the Crop Production 2011 Summary released this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
Depending on location, producers in the United States battled everything from drought and above normal temperatures to heavy rains and lowland flooding, which led to decreased production of corn, soybeans, cotton and wheat - the first time such a year-to-year decrease has occurred in all four commodities since the 2002 crop year.
The full Crop Production 2011 Summary is available online at www.nass.usda.gov. The report contains year-end acreage, yield and production estimates for grains and hay; oilseeds; cotton, tobacco and sugar; dry beans, peas and lentils; and potatoes and miscellaneous crops.