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Rains Taking Toll on Wisconsin Corn, Soybean Crops

Wisconsin Ag Connection - August 11, 2017

Challenges with the weather are going to prevent Wisconsin's corn and soybean farmers from seeing new production records at harvest time, but it will still be a decent year considering. According to the USDA's latest crop production summary, farmers in the Badger State are expected to harvest about 494 million bushels of corn this fall with yields averaging 162 bushels per acre. If realized, production will be 14 percent less than the record set last year. Corn acreage is estimated at 3.05 million acres for grain use.

The report further noted that soybean production in Wisconsin is forecast at 103 million bushels. This would also be lower by more than 4.5 million acres. The August 1 forecast yield is 48 bushels per acre, which would be seven bushels below last year with 2.14 million acres to be harvested. If realized, this will set a new harvested acres record, 190,000 acres above the previous record set last year.

Winter wheat production is forecast at 14.3 million bushels, down 5.50 million bushels from 2016. Yields are expected to average 75 bushels per acre, down 2.0 bushels from the July forecast and 4.0 bushels below last year. If realized this will be the lowest total output since 2005.

Oat production is forecast at 6.08 million bushels, down 520,000 bushels for the year. The yield is forecast at 64.0 bushels per acre, up 3.0 bushels from July, but down 2.0 bushels from the previous year.

And Wisconsin hay yield for alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures is forecast at 2.90 tons per acre, with a total production of 2.90 million tons, down 300,000 tons from 2016. The forecasted yield for other hay is 2.10 tons per acre, with a production of 735,000 tons.

Nationally, corn production is forecast at 14.2 billion bushels, down seven percent from last year. Yields are expected to average 169.5 bushels per acre. U.S. Soybeans are expected to reach 4.38 billion bushels this year, up two percent from 2016; with yields expected to average 49.4 bushels per acre, down 2.7 bushel from last year.

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