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Michigan Corn Crop Could Hit All-Time High Yield
Michigan Ag Connection - 09/13/2021

Favorable temperatures and timely precipitation have Michigan farmers anticipating record corn yields, according to Marlo D. Johnson, director of the USDA NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. Michigan farmers anticipate harvesting 1.97 million acres of corn for grain, down 20,000 acres from last year and 2.15 million acres of soybeans, down 50,000 acres from last year.

Favorable temperatures coupled with adequate precipitation pushed predicted average Michigan corn yields up 5 bushels from last month to 174 bushels per acre. If realized, this will be 20 bushels per acre more than last year and an all-time high. As of August 29, Michigan corn was 36 percent dented, five points higher than the 5-year average.

Michigan soybean yield is forecasted at 50 bushels per acre, up 2 bushels per acre from last month. As of August 29, three percent of Michigan soybeans were dropping leaves, one point less than the 5-year average.

Nationally, the forecasted 2021 U.S. corn crop, at 15.0 billion bushels, is forecast to be the second highest production on record for the United States. The forecasted yield, at 176.3 bushels per acre, is up 3 percent from last year's final estimate of 172.0 bushels per acre. If realized, this would be the third highest yield on record for the United States. Record high yields are forecast in California, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.

The 2021 U.S. soybean crop, at 4.37 billion bushels, is forecast to be the third highest production on record for the United States. The forecasted yield, at 50.6 bushels per acre, is up less than 1 percent from last year's final estimate of 50.2 bushels per acre. If realized, this would be the second highest yield on record for the United States. Record high yields are forecast in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.


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