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Iowa Forecasts Third-Highest Corn and Soybean Yields
Iowa Ag Connection - 10/13/2017

Iowa corn production is forecast at 2.46 billion bushels according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service -- Crop Production report. Based on conditions as of October 1, yields are expected to average 191 bushels per acre, up 4 bushels per acre from the September 1 forecast but down 12 bushels per acre from last year. If realized, this will be the third highest yield and production on record behind 2016 and 2015, respectively. Acres to be harvested for grain remain unchanged at 12.9 million acres.

Soybean production is forecast at 557 million bushels. If realized, this will be the second highest production on record behind last year's 566 million bushels. The yield is forecast at 56.0 bushels per acre, down 1.0 bushel per acre from the September 1 forecast, and down 4.0 bushels per acre from 2016. If realized, this will be the third highest yield on record, behind 2016 and 2015. Area to be harvested remained unchanged at 9.95 million acres.

Production of alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures for hay is forecast at 2.52 million tons, an increase of 9 percent from the previous year. Yield is expected to average 3.40 tons per acre, down 0.80 ton from last year. Production of other hay is forecast at 740,000 tons, down 18 percent from last year. Yield for other hay is expected to average 2.00 tons per acre, down 0.50 ton from last year.

The forecasts in this report are based on October 1 conditions and do not reflect weather effects since that time. The next corn and soybean production forecasts, based on conditions as of November 1, will be released on November 9.

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