The last 2 years have seen yields in the Eastern Corn Belt run behind what was seen in the west. This year, however, things look to be different. Dan Ritter, with Brodbeck Seeds, says as he has traveled across the Eastern Corn Belt, the yields look good, “Just about everything is good some fields are good to fair and some are good to excellent.” He told HAT the wide window of planting dates is where you are seeing a good deal of variability in yield potential, “The earlier planted corn is showing higher yields while the later planted crops are a bit more challenged.” While he admits it is a bit early to make to definite a prediction about yields, he puts his yield ranges at “150 bpa up to 300 bpa on some of the better fields.”
The next USDA production report will contain actual yield estimates, and that data is being collected this week. When that report comes out in Mid-August, Arlan Suderman, with INTL FC Stone, says the average US corn yield could be 175bpa and the soybean yield 48.8bpa.