Record high production indicated
In Friday’s annual Crop Production Report, corn for grain production in 2017 was estimated at 14.6 billion bushels, down 4 percent from the 2016 estimate.
The United States average yield was at a record high 176.6 bushels per acre, which is 2 bushels above the 2016 average of 174.6. Area harvested for grain was estimated at 82.7 million acres, down 5 percent from the 2016 estimate. Soybean production for 2017 totaled a record 4.39 billion bushels, up 2 percent from 2016. The average yield per acre was estimated at 49.1 bushels, 2.9 bushels below the record yield for 2016. Harvested area was up 8 percent from 2016 at a record high 89.5 million acres.
Illinois had record high corn yields and soybean production in the annual crop production report issued Friday by USDA.
Corn planted area was at 11.2 million acres, down 3 percent from 2016. Corn for grain was harvested on 10.95 million acres, down 4 percent from the previous year. The corn yield is estimated at 201 bushels per acre, up 4 bushels from 2016. For soybeans, planted area was at 10.6 million acres, up 5 percent from the year before. Harvested area, at 10.55 million acres, was up 5 percent from 2016. The soybean yield is estimated at 58 bushels per acre, down 1 bushel from 2016.
Grain Stocks information:
When it comes to Illinois grain stocks, corn stocks in all positions Dec. 1 totaled 2.08 billion bushels, up 5 percent from Dec. 1, 2016. On-farm stocks totaled 1.10 billion bushels with off-farm stocks at 980 million. Soybean stocks in all positions Dec. 1 totaled 511 million bushels, up 6 percent from Dec. 1 , 2016. On-farm stocks were at 230 million bushels, with off-farm stocks at 281 million.
Wheat stocks in all positions Dec. 1 totaled 46.7 million bushels, up 10 percent from Dec. 2016.