Dairy Herd Management has been predicting through the summer that we would have a bumper corn crop. And, it appears that prediction is coming true. Click here.
Today’s Crop Production report from USDA says the corn crop will be up 5 percent from 2008. Based on conditions as of Aug. 1, the USDA expects yields to average 159.5 bushels per acre, up 5.6 bushels from last year. If realized, this will be the second highest yield on record,behind 2004,and production will be the second largest, behind 2007.
“Forecasted yields are higher than last year across the central Great Plains and western Corn Belt where mild temperatures and adequate soil moisture supplies provided favorable growing conditions. Expected yields were also higher across much of the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys and Atlantic Coast where beneficial moisture this year contrasted with exceptionally dry conditions last year. Yield prospects are lower in the central Corn Belt where excessive spring moisture delayed planting and below normal temperatures slowed corn emergence and development,” the Crop Production report said.
Soybean production is forecast at a record high 3.20 billion bushels, up 8 percent from last year. Based on August 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 41.7 bushels per acre, up 2.1 bushels from 2008.