USDA Predicts Lowest Crop Yield in Years for Mo.
USDA expects this year’s drought to drop crop yields across this state to one of the lowest overall yields in years.
The August yield and production forecast for Missouri come from two surveys from the USDA-NASS office in the state. They use information from a farm operator survey and an objective yield survey.
The report, as reported here, includes corn, soybeans, winter wheat and hay forecast for the year. Following that information on the bottom of the page you will find a regional breakdown across the state. Following that is a national report.
August Crop Report
Corn yield is forecast at the lowest since 1983. Currently corn in Missouri can typically be expected to yield about 140 bushels per acre. A predicted 251 million bushel total production would be the lowers in the state since 1999.
Soybean yield in Missouri is estimated at 30 bushels per acre, the lowest since 2003. Production is forecast at 155 million bushels, 19 percent below last year and the smallest since 2003.
Winter wheat producers harvested an estimated 690,000 acres of the 770,000 acres planted last fall. Yield per harvested acre is estimated at 58 bushels. This is the second highest yield on record in the state. Production is forecast at 40.0 million bushels, 18 percent above last year and the most since 2008.
Hay: The total area of all hay to be harvested in Missouri is forecast at 3.65 million acres, 100,000 acres below last year and the smallest since 1997. Harvested acres of alfalfa are forecast at 250,000 acres and are expected to produce 500,000 tons with a yield of 2.00 tons per acre, the lowest since 1955. Other hay harvested acres are forecast at 3.40 million acres.
Crop report estimates by region
For the nation, corn production is forecast at 10.8 billion bushels, down 13 percent from 2011 and the lowest production since 2006. Based on conditions as of August 1, yields are expected to average 123.4 bushels per acre, down 23.8 bushels from 2011. That would be the lowest average yield since 1995.
Soybean production is forecast at 2.69 billion bushels, down 12 percent from last year. Based on August 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 36.1 bushels per acre, down 5.4 bushels from last year. That would be the average yield will be the lowest since 2003.