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New York oat production is forecast to rise 38 percent this year

By Journal Staff (


New York farms are expected to produce 2.34 million bushels of oats this year, up 38 percent from nearly 1.7 million bushels in 2020, according to a July 1 forecast from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Yield per acre for oats in New York state is forecast to rise almost 23 percent to 65 bushels per acre in 2021 from 53 bushels last year, NASS reports.

Area harvested for oats in the Empire State is expected to be 36,000 acres this year, up 12.5 percent from 32,000 acres in 2020, according to NASS.

New York is bucking the national trend as U.S. oat production is forecast to decline almost 37 percent to 41.3 million bushels in 2021, compared to nearly 65.4 million bushels last year, according to the USDA. Large oat-production declines are expected this year in the Midwest states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, and North Dakota, which are big producers of oats.

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