Indiana farmers are anticipating record soybean yields this year. According to the USDA, Indiana farmers will harvest an estimated 4.95 million acres of corn, down 320 thousand acres from last year and 5.83 million acres of soybeans, up 190 thousand acres from last year.
After a delay in planting due to cold, wet conditions, farmers were able to begin planting heavily in mid-May. Ideal planting conditions in mid to late May allowed farmers to make excellent progress and both corn and soybeans were nearly all planted by the second week of June. Weather to date has been dry and some areas have experienced drier than normal conditions, though rains in most areas have been adequate to sustain crops.
According to the USDA’s August 1 Crop Production report:
• Indiana’s average corn yield is forecast at 189 bushels per acre, down 6 bushels from the previous year. Total production is forecast at 936 million bushels, down 9 percent from last year on both lower yields and fewer acres planted.
• Soybean yield is forecast at 60 bushels per acre, up 0.5 bushels from 2021. If realized, this will set a new State record by 0.5 bushels per acre. Total production is forecast at 350 million bushels, up 4 percent from last year due to larger yields and more acres planted.
• Winter wheat yield is estimated at 82 bushels per acre, unchanged from the previous forecast and 3 bushels below last year. Winter wheat production is forecast at 20.5 million bushels, down 11 percent from last year due to smaller yields and fewer acres planted.