SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Field Office of NASS released the USDA’s November Crop Production Report Nov. 9.
As of Nov. 1, the Illinois corn for grain yield for 2012 was estimated at 101 bushels per acre, up three bushels from the Oct. 1 forecast. At this level, total production for the state would reach 1.25 billion bushels, 64 percent of the 2011 production. Harvest of the crop was 94 percent complete by Oct. 28 compared to 86 percent in 2011 and 69 percent for the five-year average.
As of Nov. 1, the estimated yield for the soybean crop in Illinois was 43 bushels per acre, up four bushels from the October forecast. Production was expected to reach 378 million bushels, approximately 11 percent below 2011 production. As of Oct. 28, 87 percent of the crop had been harvested, compared to 80 percent last year and 80 percent for the five-year average.
Nationally, corn production is forecast at 10.7 billion bushels, up slightly from the October forecast but down 13 percent from 2011. This represents the lowest production in the United States since 2006. Based on conditions as of Nov. 1, yields are expected to average 122.3 bushels per acre, up 0.3 bushel from the October forecast but 24.9 bushels below the 2011 average. If realized, this will be the lowest average yield since 1995. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 87.7 million acres, unchanged from the October forecast and up 4 percent from 2011.
Soybean production is forecast at 2.97 billion bushels, up 4 percent from October but down 4 percent from last year. Based on Nov. 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 39.3 bushels per acre, up 1.5 bushels from last month but down 2.6 bushels from last year. Compared with last month, yield forecasts are higher or unchanged across all states except for Oklahoma and Texas. Area for harvest in the United States is forecast at 75.7 million acres, unchanged from October and up 3 percent from last year.