Iowa Crop Production Numbers Released

Iowa corn production is forecast at a record 2.44 billion bushels according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Crop Production report. Based on conditions as of August 1, yields are expected to average 185 bushels per acre, an increase of 20 bushels per acre from last year. If realized, the yield will be the highest on record, 3 bushels above the previous high set in 2009. Corn planted acreage is estimated at 13.6 million acres. An estimated 13.2 million of the acres planted will be harvested for grain, a 1 percent increase from 2013.
Soybean production is forecast at 502 million bushels, a 22 percent increase from the previous year. The August 1 forecast yield is 50 bushels per acre, up 5.5 bushels from 2013. Soybean planted acreage is estimated at 10.1 million acres with 10.0 million acres to be harvested.
Oat production for grain is forecast at 4.29 million bushels. The expected yield is 66 bushels per acre, unchanged from 2013, and down 1 bushel from the July forecast. An estimated 65,000 acres will be harvested for grain.
Iowa hay yield for alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures is expected to be 3.70 tons per acre with a total production of 2.70 million tons, a production increase of 12 percent from the previous year. The projected yield for other hay is 2.10 tons per acre, with production at 735,000 tons, decrease of 24 percent from 2013. All crop forecasts in this report are based on August 1 conditions and do not reflect weather effects since that time. The next corn and soybean production forecasts, based on conditions as of September 1, will be released on September 11.