EAST LANSING, Mich. — Indiana farmers anticipate lower corn and soybean yields this year, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office. Indiana corn producers planted 250,000 fewer acres in 2019. Soybean acreage is also down; there were 550,000 fewer acres planted this year compared with last.
Much of the corn and soybeans were planted under less than ideal conditions which is negatively affecting yield potential. Conditions across the State have turned dry and growers are concerned about adequate grain fill.
- Indiana’s average corn yield is forecast at 166 bushels per acre, down 23 bushels from the previous year. Total production is forecast at 813 million bushels, down 17 percent from last year.
- Soybean yield is forecast at 50 bushels per acre, down 8.5 bushels from the 2018 State record average yield of 58.5 bushels. Total production is forecast at 269 million bushels, down 22 percent from last year.
- Winter wheat yield is estimated at 67 bushels per acre, unchanged from the previous forecast and 4 bushels below last year. Winter wheat production is forecast at 17.4 million bushels, down almost 6 percent from last year.
— USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, Indiana Field Office
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