USDA: Expect large Iowa crop
NASS: 2.43 billion bushels will exceed 2009’s high-yield mark
Agricultural Statistics Service
Iowa corn production is forecast at 2.43 billion bushels, according to an Aug. 12 U.S.Department of Agriculture’s-NASS report.
If realized, the production would be the highest on record, 1 percent above the previous high from 2009.
Based on conditions as of Aug 1, yields are expected to average 183 bushels per acre, an increase of 5 bushels per acre from last year.
If realized, the yield will be the highest on record, 2 bushels above the high set in 2009.
Corn planted acreage is estimated at 13.7 million acres. An estimated 13.3 million of the acres planted will be harvested for grain.
Soybean production is forecast at 516 million bushels.
If realized, this would be the second highest soybean production on record, behind only the 525 million bushels produced in 2005.
The Aug. 1 forecasted yield is 52 bushels per acre, 0.5 bushel above 2014.
Soybean planted acreage is estimated at 10 million acres with 9.92 million acres to be harvested.
Oat production for grain is forecast at 3.58 million bushels.
The expected yield is 65 bushels per acre, up 1 bushel from 2014, but down 2 bushels from the July forecast.
An estimated 55,000 acres will be harvested for grain.
Iowa hay yield for alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures is expected to be 3.6 tons per acre with a total production of 2.95 million tons, a production increase of 1 percent from the previous year.
The projected yield for other hay is 2.5 tons per acre, with production at 863,000 tons, up 14 percent from 2014.
All crop forecasts in this report are based on Aug. 1 conditions and do not reflect weather effects since that time.
The next corn and soybean production forecasts, based on conditions as of Sept. 1, will be released on Sept. 11.
Corn production is forecast at 13.7 billion bushels, down 4 percent from last year’s record production.
Based on conditions as of Aug. 1, yields are expected to average 168.8 bushels per acre, down 2.2 bushels from 2014.
If realized, this will be the second highest yield and third largest production on record for the United States.
Area harvested for grain is forecast at 81.1 million acres, unchanged from the June forecast, but down 2 percent from 2014.
Soybean production is forecast at 3.92 billion bushels, down 1 percent from last year.
Based on Aug. 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 46.9 bushels per acre, down 0.9 bushel from last year.
Area for harvest in the United States is forecast at a record 83.5 million acres, down 1 percent from June but up nearly 1 percent from 2014.
Planted area for the nation is estimated at 84.3 million acres, down 1 percent from June.
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