The U.S. Department of Agriculture increased the forecast for the nation’s corn crop by two percent in the September crop production report out Friday morning. The forecast is now an even 13 billion bushels, just 100 million bushels short of the 2007 record crop. The soybean crop, already expected to be the biggest ever, was boosted another one percent in the forecast to 3.25 billion bushels.
USDA is now saying yields are expected to average 161.9 bushels per acre, up 2.4 bushels from August and 8.0 bushels above last year. Yield forecasts increased from last month across the western Corn Belt and the northern half of the Great Plains as mild temperatures and adequate soil moisture supplies provided favorable growing conditions.
Some analysts believe the corn crop could ultimately be the largest ever. Even though both crop progress remains far behind normal, the weather forecast is calling for generally warm, mostly dry weather stretching into next week or so, which is great news for producers.