Despite a difference in estimates, both USDA and the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour are forecasting bumper crops of corn and soybeans.
Pro Farmer predicted corn yield of 170.2 bushels per acre, just under the record corn yield of 171 bushels per acre of 2014. That was below USDA’s corn yield estimate of 175.1 bushels per acre. And Pro Farmer estimated 49.2 bushels per acre for soybeans, above USDA’s estimate of 48.8 bushels per acre.
“I think this crop can be is 174 (bushels per acre). That’s the absolute maximum,” said Chip Flory, Pro Farmer Editorial Director and the Western Tour Director, speaking on AgDay. “But there is a big downside to it if things don’t go right for this crop going forward,” he cautioned.
Illinois will be the top state producer, with state yields of 194 bushels per acre of corn and 58.5 bushels per acre of soybeans, according to Pro Farmer estimates.