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USDA Adjusts Corn & Soybean Yield Projections for Wisconsin
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/13/2012

The newly-issued September Crop Production report has made some tweaks to the projected yield forecast for Wisconsin corn and soybean fields. Based on conditions as of September 1, the state's corn yield is expected to be around 130 bushels per acre, down two bushels from last month's prediction. Total production is expected to be 449 million bushels, down 13 percent from 2011. As of September 2, corn was rated 36 percent good-to-excellent by Wisconsin Crop Progress reporters, a four-point increase from last month. About 10 percent of the crop is in the mature stage, six percentage points ahead of the five-year average.

Wisconsin's forecast for soybeans is 36 bushels per acre, unchanged from last month and 10 bushels lower than 2011. Production is expected to reach 60.5 million bushels, 18 percent below last year's final production. Forty percent of Wisconsin soybeans were rated good-to-excellent, a one-point increase from last month and 38 percent lower than this same time last year.

Nationally, corn production is forecast at 10.7 billion bushels, down less than one percent from the August forecast and down 13 percent from 2011 final production. Yields are expected to average 122.8 bushels per acre, down 0.6 bushel from the previous month and 24.4 bushels below last year. If realized, this will be the lowest average yield in the United States since 1995. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 87.4 million acres, unchanged from the August forecast but up four percent since 2011.

U.S. soybean production is forecast at 2.63 billion bushels, down two percent from August and down 14 percent from last year. Yields are expected to average 35.3 bushels per acre, down 0.8 bushel from last month and down 6.2 bushels from last year. Compared with last month, yield forecasts are lower or unchanged across the Great Plains and most of the Corn Belt as lingering drought conditions continued to hamper yield expectations. Area for harvest in the United States is forecast at 74.6 million acres, unchanged from August but up one percent from last year.

Objective yield surveys were conducted in the major producing states that usually account for about 75 percent of the United States production.

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