The recently updated USDA Illinois August Crop Production report by the National Agricultural Statistics Service shows high numbers for local farmers in both corn and soybeans this year.
Illinois will set yield records for both corn and soybeans this year. The corn yield will be 188 bushels an acre, the forecast concludes, surpassing the record of 180 bushels an acre in 2004. The soybean yield is projected to be 54 bushels an acre. If realized, it will eclipse the record of 51.5 bushels an acre set in 2010.
Other crops that are on the rise since last year are Oats, Alfalfa Hay, and Summer Potatoes. The oats yield is projected to be 80.0 bushels an acre. The alfalfa hay yield will be projected to be 3.70 bushels an acre. The potato yield this summer is projected to be 380 bushels an acre.
The yield for Winter Wheat remains unchanged, while the yield for both Sorghum and Hay that is not Alfalfa Hay will decline.