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Derecho Impacts Iowa Corn Forecast by 550,000 Acres
Iowa Ag Connection - 09/14/2020

Iowa corn production is forecast at 2.48 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 191 bushels per acre, down 11 bushels per acre from the August 1 forecast, and down 7 bushels per acre from last year. Corn planted acreage is estimated at 14.0 million acres. An estimated 13.0 million of the acres planted will be harvested for grain, down 550,000 acres from the previous forecast.

Soybean production is forecast at 503 million bushels. The yield is forecast at 54.0 bushels per acre, down 4.0 bushels per acre from the August 1 forecast, and 1.0 bushel per acre lower than 2019. Soybean planted acreage is estimated at 9.40 million acres with 9.32 million acres to be harvested.

In response to the derecho experienced on Aug. 10, NASS collected harvested acreage information for corn and soybeans in Iowa. Based on this additional data, NASS lowered corn harvested for grain area by 550,000 acres. Soybean acres were unchanged. Since many producers indicated they were still finalizing decisions regarding some of the impacted acres, NASS will collect harvested acreage for corn and soybeans in Iowa for the October Crop Production report.

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 9.

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