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Iowa Corn Harvest Aiming for Third Highest Yield, Production
Iowa Ag Connection - 09/13/2017

Iowa corn production is forecast at 2.45 billion bushels according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service -- Crop Production report. Based on conditions as of September 1, yields are expected to average 187 bushels per acre, down 1 bushel per acre from the August 1 forecast, and down 16 bushels per acre from last year. If realized, this will be the third highest yield and production on record behind 2016 and 2015, respectively. Acres harvested for grain remain unchanged at 13.1 million acres.

Soybean production is forecast at 567 million bushels. If realized, this will be the second highest production on record behind last year's 572 million bushels. The yield is forecast at 57.0 bushels per acre, up 1 bushel per acre from the August 1 forecast, but down 3.5 bushels per acres from 2016. If realized, this will be the second highest yield on record behind 2016. Area harvested remained unchanged at 9.95 million acres.

The forecasts in this report are based on September 1 conditions and do not reflect weather effects since that time. The next corn and soybean production forecasts, based on conditions as of October 1, will be released on October 12.

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