The latest crop production forecast from the U.S. Department of Agriculture continues to show that Wisconsin farmers will likely set records during the upcoming harvest season.
Farmers in the Badger State are expected to harvest about 528 million bushels of corn this fall with yields averaging 182 bushels per acre. If realized, it would be the highest yield on record, surpassing the 178 bushels farmers averaged per acre in 2016. Corn acreage is estimated at 4.0 million acres, of which 2.9 million of the acres will be harvested for grain.
The report further noted that soybean production in Wisconsin will likely reach an all-time high of nearly 110 million bushels. The September 1 forecast yield is 54 bushels per acre, which would be 7.0 bushels above last year; and would break the previous record for yield set back in 2016.
Planted acreage for beans is also estimated to be a record 2.05 million acres in Wisconsin this year. Nationally, corn production for grain is forecast at 14.9 billion bushels, up nine percent for the year. Yields are expected to average a record high 178.5 bushels per harvested acre, which is 11.1 bushels more than in 2019. Soybean production will likely be around 4.31 billion bushels, a whopping 21 percent hike from a year ago. Yields will also set records for soybeans at 51.9 bushels per harvested acre.
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