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Iowa Farmers Eyeing Highest Corn Yield on Record
Iowa Ag Connection - 09/13/2018

Iowa corn production is forecast at 2.65 billion bushels according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service -- Crop Production report. Based on conditions as of September 1, yields are expected to average 206 bushels per acre, up 4 bushels per acre from the August 1 forecast, and up 4 bushels per acre from last year. If realized, this will be highest yield on record, 3 bushels per acre above the record set in 2016. Corn planted acreage is estimated at 13.3 million acres. An estimated 12.9 million of the acres planted will be harvested for grain.

Soybean production is forecast at 590 million bushels. If realized, this will be the highest production on record with 24.0 million bushels more than the previous record of 566 million bushels set in 2016. The yield is forecast at 60.0 bushels per acre, up 1 bushel per acre from the August forecast, and 3.5 bushels per acre higher than 2017. If realized, this will tie the highest yield on record equaling the 60.0 bushels per acre in 2016. Soybean planted acreage is estimated at 9.94 million acres with 9.84 million acres to be harvested.

The forecasts in this report are based on September 1 conditions and do not reflect weather effects since that time. The next corn and soybean production forecasts, based on conditions as of October 1, will be released on October 11.

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