August crop production report issued


USDA released the August crop production report Wednesday morning. Also, FSA’s estimates of crop acreage, including prevent plant acres, was released at the same time.

Corn production for grain is forecast at a record high 15.3 billion bushels, up 12 percent from 2019. Based on conditions as of August 1, yields are expected to average a record high 181.8 bushels per harvested acre, up 14.4 bushels from last year. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 84.0 million acres, unchanged from the June forecast, but up 3 percent from the previous year.

Soybean production for beans is forecast at 4.42 billion bushels, up 25 percent from 2019. Based on conditions as of August 1, yields are expected to average a record high 53.3 bushels per harvested acre, up 5.9 bushels from 2019. Area harvested for beans in the United States is forecast at 83.0 million acres, unchanged from the previous forecast but up 11 percent from 2019.

All wheat production for grain is forecast at 1.84 billion bushels, up 1 percent from the previous forecast but down 4 percent from 2019. Based on August 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 50.1 bushels per harvested acre, up 0.4 bushel from the previous forecast, but down 1.6 bushels from 2019. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 36.7 million acres, unchanged from the previous forecast, but down 1 percent from 2019.

Winter wheat production is forecast at 1.20 billion bushels, down 2 percent from the July 1 forecast and down 8 percent from 2019. As of August 1, the United States yield is forecast at 51.1 bushels per acre, down 0.9 bushel from last month and down 2.5 bushels from last year's average yield of 53.6 bushels per acre. The area expected to be harvested for grain or seed totals 23.4 million acres, unchanged from the previous forecast, but down 4 percent from last year.

Illinois Crop Production Information:

Corn: Planted area 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 August 1 conditions, the Illinois corn yield is forecast at 207 bushels per acre, up 26 bushels from 2019. Production is forecast at 2.21 billion bushels, up 20 percent from last year’s production.

Soybeans: Planted area 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 August 1 conditions, the Illinois soybean yield is forecast at 64 bushels per acre, up 10 bushels from 2019. Production is forecast at 662 million bushels, up 24 percent from 2019.

Winter Wheat: Harvested area in 2020 is forecast at 500,000 acres, down 9 percent from the previous year. The winter wheat yield is forecast at 68 bushels per acre, up 1 bushel from 2019. Production is forecast at 34.0 million bushels, down 8 percent from last year.

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