WASHINGTON — Indiana and Illinois average corn and soybean yields were unchanged from previous estimates, while Iowa’s was increased in the Nov. 9 U.S. Department of Agriculture projections.
Illinois’ statewide averages remained at record yields of 202 bushels per acre for corn and 62 bushels per acre for soybeans.
USDA projects Indiana’s soybean yield average to be a record 59 bushels per acre and corn at 177 bushels per acre.
Iowa’s average soybean yield was increased by a bushel from last month to 59 bushels per acre, breaking a previous high, and corn was increased one bushel to a record 199 bushels per acre.
With 13.5 million acres of corn harvested, Iowa is projected to lead the nation with production of 2.87 billion bushels and will produce 560.6 million bushels of soybeans on 9.5 million acres.
USDA projects Illinois with 11.5 million harvested corn acres for a total production of 2.323 billion bushels and 623.1 million bushels of soybeans hauled in from 10.05 million acres.
Harvested corn acres in Indiana are estimated at 5.41 million acres resulting in 957.57 million bushels. Indiana farmers produced more than 335.1 million bushels of soybeans on 5.68 million acres.
More Corn Acres
The U.S. area harvested for grain is forecast at 86.8 million acres, unchanged from the October forecast but up 8 percent from 2015.
The Nov. 1 corn objective yield data indicate the third-highest number of ears on record for the combined objective yield states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
At 15.2 billion bushels, 2016 corn production is forecast to be the highest production on record for the U.S.
The forecasted U.S. yield, at 175.3 bushels per acre, also is expected to be a new record.
Record corn yields also are forecast for Idaho, 220; Minnesota, 190; North Carolina, 144; North Dakota, 154; South Carolina, 135; Washington, 235; and Wisconsin, 180.
U.S. soybean production is forecast at a record 4.36 billion bushels, up 2 percent from October and up 11 percent from last year.
Based on Nov. 1 conditions, yields are expected to average a record 52.5 bushels per acre, up 1.1 bushels from last month and up 4.5 bushels from last year.
Soybean area for harvest is forecast at a record 83 million acres, unchanged from last month.
The November objective yield data for the combined major soybean-producing states of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio and South Dakota indicate a higher pod count from the previous year, the USDA report noted. Compared with final counts for 2015, pod counts are up in all 11 of those states.
An increase of more than 150 pods per 18 square feet from 2015’s final pod count is expected in Indiana, Missouri and Nebraska.