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Indiana Expects Near-Record Winter Wheat Yield
Indiana Ag Connection - 08/11/2017

Despite periodic heavy rainfalls throughout the growing season, farmers' expectations are for a favorable 2017 harvest, with a near-record winter wheat yield, and above average yields for all other major field crops, according to Greg Matli, state statistician, USDA, NASS, Indiana Field Office. As of August 1, growth progress for both corn and soybeans were behind last year, but conditions improved with the dry weather at the end of July. Highlights of the August 1 Crop Production report follow:

- Indiana's average corn yield is forecast at 173 bushels per acre, unchanged from the previous year. Total production is forecast at 929 million bushels.

- Soybean yield is forecast at 55 bushels per acre, down 2.5 bushels from the 2016 state average yield. Total production is forecast at 324 million bushels, down less than 1 percent from last year's record high.

- Winter wheat yield is estimated at 78 bushels per acre, 2 bushels above the previous forecast but 3 bushels below last year's state record. Winter wheat production is forecast at 20.3 million bushels.

- Hay producers expect to harvest 240,000 acres of alfalfa hay with an average yield of 3.80 tons per acre. Total production is forecast at 912,000 tons, up 3 percent from last year. All other hay for harvest is expected at 330,000 tons with an average yield of 3.00 tons per acre. Total state production for all other hay is forecast at 990,000 tons, up 10 percent from the previous year.

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