WASHINGTON – The U.S. corn, soybean and wheat crop
production estimates were kept as is in a report released recently.
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s December crop production
estimates show the nation will have an average corn yield of 160.4 bushels per
acre over a harvested area of 87.232 million acres. If realized, this would
produce nearly 13.989 billion bushels of corn.
The U.S. average corn yield in 2012 was 123.4 bushels per
acre, and total production was more than 10.78 billion bushels from 87.375
million harvested acres.
The USDA also kept soybean production estimates the same for
this month with a projected national average of 43 bushels per acre and total
production of nearly 3.258 billion bushels on 75.688 million acres
Soybean acres harvested in 2012 reached 76.164 million acres
and yields averaged 39.8 bushels per acre resulting in total production of more
than 3.033 billion bushels.
The USDA estimated this year’s average yield for all wheat
at 47.2 bushels per acre and total production of nearly 2.130 billion bushels
from 45.157 million acres harvested.
All wheat acreage last year was 55.666 million with an
average yield of 46.3 bushels, resulting in 2.266 billion bushels produced.
Corn producers had harvested 73 percent of this year’s crop
by Nov. 3, 22 percentage points behind last year’s historically early harvest,
but two percentage points ahead of the five-year average.
Precipitation during the first full week of the month did
not significantly slow corn harvest with 84 percent of the crop harvested by
Nov. 10, 13 percentage points behind last year, but five percentage points ahead
of the five-year average.
Dry weather for the remainder of the month allowed for the
completion of the corn harvest in all but a few states in the northern Corn
Belt. Nationally, 95 percent of the crop was harvested by Nov. 24.
By Nov. 3, 86 percent of the soybean crop was harvested, six
percentage points behind the previous year, but slightly ahead of the five-year
Harvest advanced to 91 percent complete by Nov. 10, slightly
behind the five-year average.
Dry weather across the soybean-producing areas of the
country allowed producers to harvest 95 percent of the crop by Nov. 17.