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Illinois Soybean and Winter Wheat Forecasts Up
Illinois Ag Connection - 08/11/2017

Corn: Planted area is estimated at 11.10 million acres, down 4 percent from last year. Harvested area, forecast at 10.95 million acres, is also down 4 percent from 2016. Based on August 1 conditions, the Illinois corn yield is forecast at 188 bushels per acre, down 9 bushels from 2016. Production is forecast at 2.06 billion bushels, down 9 percent from last year's production. If realized, this would be the third highest yield on record.

Soybeans: Planted area is estimated at 10.40 million acres, up 3 percent from last year. Harvested area, forecast at 10.34 million acres, is up 3 percent from 2016. Based on August 1 conditions, the Illinois soybean yield is forecast at 58 bushels per acre, a 1 bushel decrease from 2016. Production is forecast at 600 million bushels, up 1 percent from 2016 and the highest production level on record for Illinois.

Winter wheat: Harvested area in 2017 is forecast at 490,000 acres, up 4 percent from the previous year. The winter wheat yield is forecast at 74 bushels per acre, the same as 2016. If realized, this will tie the record high yield. Production is forecast at 36.3 million bushels, 4 percent above the previous year.

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