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Indiana Farmers Anticipate Record Corn and Bean Yields
Indiana Ag Connection - 10/12/2018

Indiana farmers anticipate record corn and soybean yields in 2018, according to Greg Matli, state statistician, USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office. The October Crop Production Report is based on conditions as of October 1, 2018. Some highlights of the report are as follows:

- Indiana corn yield is expected to be 194 bushels per acre, 14 bushels higher than last year's yield. If realized, this will be a new record high yield. Total production is expected to be 1.003 billion bushels, up 7 percent from 2017.

- Indiana soybean production is expected to total 356 million bushels, up 11 percent from a year earlier. The yield is forecast at 60 bushels per acre, up 6 bushels from the 2017. If realized, this will be a record high yield.

- Indiana's alfalfa hay yield is forecast at 3.60 tons per acre, up 0.3 tons from last year.

- Indiana's other hay yield is forecast at 2.10 tons per acre, down 0.3 tons from last year.

- Nationally, corn production is forecast at 14.8 billion bushels, down slightly from the September forecast but up 1 percent from last year. Based on conditions as of October 1, yields are expected to average 180.7 bushels per acre, down 0.6 bushel from the September forecast but up 4.1 bushels from 2017. If realized, this will be the highest yield and second highest production on record for the United States. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 81.8 million acres, down slightly from the previous estimate and down 1 percent from 2017. Acreage updates were made in several States based on a thorough review of all available data.

- U.S. soybean production is forecast at a record 4.69 billion bushels, down slightly from September but up 6 percent from last year. Based on October 1 conditions, yields are expected to average a record 53.1 bushels per acre, up 0.3 bushel from last month and up 3.8 bushels from last year. Area for harvest in the United States is forecast at 88.3 million acres, down 1 percent from September and down 1 percent from 2017. Acreage updates were made in several States based on a thorough review of all available data.

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