Southern States See Double-Digit Corn Yield Gains

August 11, 2017 02:50 PM

While the corn yields dropped in the Midwest, southern States are seeing big gains in yields. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said this corn crop could potentially be the third-largest on record.

 When you look at the numbers, the southern States seem to be shining this year.  

 It’s important to note, fewer planted acres means six of those nine states are seeing lower total production.

Of the most impressive, Alabama’s yield per acre is up 45 bpa from last year. Louisiana’s yield per acre is up 27 bpa from 2016 and Mississippi’s yield estimate is up 19 bpa from 2016 as well. Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina are  seeing double-digit boosts in corn yields.

When you add in acres, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina’s expected total production is looking as if it will actually drop slightly this year.

Keeping things in perspective, acres of total production in those nine southern states add up to just over 5 million acres. Iowa is expected to have an estimate of more than 13 million corn acres.

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Spell Check

Douglas Street
Newton, KS
8/14/2017 08:01 AM

  The chronicles indicate fewer acres have higher yields because the marginal acres are going to some alternative. Which might mean those producers are cognizant of having enough or too much corn. Further south, Brazil may have an extra billion bushels to put on the boat! Can you say North Carolina?

johnny carroll
monroe, LA
8/13/2017 06:53 AM

  My sons yields as well my neighbors have been about the same as last year. Rain every other day. Only about 25 percent harvested. Heard farmer say the other day that when he died he wanted the USDA to bury him so that they could let him down one more time.

Sam Thomason
Holden, MO
8/11/2017 05:34 PM

  So, I guess that the southern states double digit increase will offset Iowa's triple digit loss. Just asking.


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