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Newest crop and yield estimates

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

Some important news was shared recently concerning the corn crop nationwide and in the state of Illinois. The USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand report released on Friday lowered U.S. feed grain supplies for 2012/2013 with corn  production forecast 2.2 billion bushels lower.

The forecast U.S. corn yield was reduced 22.6 bushels per acre to 123.4 bushels as the drought has taken its toll on most of the corn producing states. The estimated 2012 corn yield is the lowest since 1995.

From the National Agriculture Statistics Service, 62 % of the Illinois corn crop has attained the dent stage. Corn conditions
were rated at 42 percent very poor, 33 percent poor, 20 percent fair and 5 percent good.

For those fortunate to have green corn plants, rains received in northern Illinois today will continue to benefit yield. This week I get the chance to travel across Illinois, I plan on conducting my own random yield survey and yield estimates. I started out in my own backyard, southeast of Morris on lighter ground.


320 kernels per ear, R5 (dent stage) Yield estimate – 100 bushel

You may see me in a field near you soon!

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