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USDA: Iowa corn harvest slips 19 percent

By Staff | Oct 11, 2012

IOWA:

Corn: Iowa’s corn planted and harvested for grain acreage is estimated at 14.2 million and 13.7 million acres, respectively, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Crop Production report. As of October 1, Iowas corn crop is forecast to yield 140 bushels per acre. Production is forecast at 1.92 billion bushels, 19 percent below the 2011 production.

Soybeans: Iowa farmers planted 9.35 million acres of soybeans and plan to harvest 9.29 million acres. The October 1 yield forecast of 43.0 bushels per acre is up 4.0 bushels from September 2012. If realized, soybean production would be 399 million bushels, down from last years production of 475 million bushels.

Hay: The hay yield for alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures is expected to be 2.9 tons per acre with a total production of 2.32 million tons. The other hay yield is projected at 1.6 tons per acre with a total production of 496,000 tons, down 26 percent from 2011.

Reminder: All crop forecasts in this report are based on conditions on October 1 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.

United States

Corn production is forecast at 10.7 billion bushels, down slightly from the September forecast and down 13 percent from 2011. This represents the lowest production in the United States since 2006. Based on conditions as of October 1, yields are expected to average 122.0 bushels per acre, down 0.8 bushel from the September forecast and 25.2 bushels below the 2011 average. If realized, this will be the lowest average yield since 1995. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 87.7 million acres, up less than 1 percent from the September forecast and up 4 percent from 2011. Acreage updates were made in several States based on administrative data.

Soybean production is forecast at 2.86 billion bushels, up 9 percent from September but down 8 percent from last year. Based on October 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 37.8 bushels per acre, up 2.5 bushels from last month but down 4.1 bushels from last year. Compared with last month, yield forecasts are higher or unchanged across all States. Area for harvest in the United States is forecast at 75.7 million acres, up 1 percent from September and up 3 percent from last year. Acreage updates were made in several States based on administrative data.

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