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Corn Yield Forecast Up 13 Percent from 2017
Illinois Ag Connection - 09/13/2018

Corn: Planted area is estimated at 11.00 million acres, down 2 percent from last year. Harvested area, forecast at 10.85 million acres, is down 1 percent from 2017. Based on September 1 conditions, the Illinois corn yield is forecast at a record 214 bushels per acre, up 7 bushels from last month and up 13 bushels from 2017.

Production is forecast at 2.32 billion bushels, up 5 percent from last year's production. If realized, this would be the second highest production on record.

Soybeans: Planted area is estimated at 10.90 million acres, up 3 percent from last year. Harvested area, forecast at 10.85 million acres, is up 3 percent from 2017. Based on September 1 conditions, the Illinois soybean yield is forecast at 66 bushels per acre, up 8 bushels from 2017. Production is forecast at 716 million bushels, up 17 percent from 2017 and the highest production level on record for Illinois.

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