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Illinois Corn and Soybean Crop Estimates Up
Illinois Ag Connection - 09/14/2020

Planted corn area in Illinois is estimated at 10.9 million acres, up 4 percent from last year. Harvested area, forecast at 10.7 million acres, is up 5 percent from 2019. Based on September 1 conditions, the Illinois corn yield is forecast at 203 bushels per acre, down 4 bushels from last month but up 22 bushels from 2019. Production is forecast at 2.17 billion bushels, up 18 percent from last year's production.

Planted soybean area in Illinois is estimated at 10.40 million acres, up 5 percent from last year. Harvested area, forecast at 10.35 million acres, is up 5 percent from 2019. Based on September 1 conditions, the Illinois soybean yield is forecast at 62 bushels per acre, up 8 bushels from 2019. Production is forecast at 642 million bushels, up 21 percent from 2019.

Nationally, corn production for grain is forecast at 14.9 billion bushels, up nine percent for the year. Yields are expected to average a record high 178.5 bushels per harvested acre, which is 11.1 bushels more than in 2019. Soybean production will likely be around 4.31 billion bushels, a whopping 21 percent hike from a year ago. Yields will also set records for soybeans at 51.9 bushels per harvested acre.


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