District Crop Production Figures Released

Iowa’s corn production is forecast at a record 2.44 billion bushels, 13 percent above the 2013 production according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service – Crop Production report. As of August 1, Iowa’s corn crop is forecast to yield a record 185 bushels per acre. If realized, the yield will be 3 bushels higher than the previous high set in 2009. Corn planted and harvested for grain acreage is estimated at 13.6 million and 13.2 million acres, respectively.
Forecasted production and yield is up in all Iowa districts. Four districts are forecast to have record yields, and all remaining districts are in the top three highest yielding years. Central Iowa is anticipated to have the highest yield in the state, with 193 bushels per acre. Harvested acres are expected to be down 5 districts. West Central Iowa is anticipated to have the largest production in the state, with 374 million bushels.
Soybean production is forecast at 502 million bushels, up 22 percent from last year’s production of 411 million bushels. The August 1 yield forecast of 50 bushels per acre is up 5.5 bushels from 2013. Iowa farmers planted 10.1 million acres of soybeans and plan to harvest 10.0 million acres.
Production and yield is forecast to be up in all Iowa districts. West Central Iowa is expected to have the largest increase in production, 15.5 million bushels above last year. The largest increase in yield is expected in the South Central Iowa, where yields are anticipated to average 10.1 bushels per acre more than 2013. Soybean acres to be harvested increased from 2013 in all districts.
All crop forecasts in this report are based on conditions on August 1 and do not reflect weather effects since that time. The next district corn and soybean production forecasts, based on conditions as of September 1, will be released on September 12.