Harvest conditions continue to be near ideal for Indiana crops, yet both the corn and soybean yield forecasts remain below last year’s record highs, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician of USDA, NASS, Indiana Field Office. The November Crop Report is based upon conditions, as of November 1, 2015. Some highlights of the report are as follows:
Indiana corn yield is expected to be 156 bushels per acre, down thirty-two bushels from last year’s record high yield. Total production is expected to be 848.6 million bushels, down 22 percent from 2014. The Indiana corn crop was 92% harvested as of November 1, far exceeding last year’s 56%, due to unseasonably warm, dry weather conditions.
Indiana soybean production is expected to total 284.6 million bushels, down 6 percent from a year earlier. The yield is forecast at 51 bushels per acre, down 4.5 bushels from the 2014 report. Soybeans harvested was at 96% as of November 1, ahead of last year’s 70% and the historical five-year average of 84%.
U.S. Corn production is forecast at 13.7 billion bushels, up less than one percent from the October forecast, but down 4 percent from last year’s record production. Based on conditions as of November 1, yields are expected to average 169.3 bushels per acre, up 1.3 bushels from the October forecast but 1.7 bushels below the 2014 average. If realized, this will be the second highest yield and third largest production on record for the United States. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 80.7 million acres, unchanged from the October forecast but down 3 percent from 2014.
Soybean production is forecast at a record 3.98 billion bushels, up 2 percent from October and up 1 percent from last year. Based on November 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 48.3 bushels per acre, up 1.1 bushels from last month and up 0.8 bushel from last year. Area for harvest in the United States is forecast at 82.4 million acres, unchanged from last month.