Illinois Corn Crop Forecast 14% Lower Than 2014 Harvest
Illinois’s corn crop is forecast to come in more than 14% lower than last year, in line with the most recent federal projections, according to an average of survey results collected by scouts on a closely watched crop tour.
In Illinois, corn yields were estimated Wednesday at 171.64 bushels an acre, down from the 200 bushels an acre produced for last year, as reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The projection for this year is above the state’s three-year average of 163.01, and roughly equal to the USDA’s Aug. 1 forecast for the state, which estimated yields at 172.0 bushels an acre.
Projections are based on data collected by participants on the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour, who annually spread out across farms in the Midwest to take stock of corn and soybean fields.
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