Farmers Produced Less Corn In 2017 Than A Year Ago

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(Washington) —  The final crop production numbers have now been tallied by the U-S Department of Agriculture for the 2017 crop. U-S corn growers produced a total of 14.6 billion bushels of corn, which was down from last year’s estimate by four percent. The average corn yield across the nation was at 176.6 bushels per acre. Iowa led the nation for corn production with 2.06 billion bushels of corn with an average of 202 bushels per acre Nebraska harvested 1.68 billion bushels of corn with an average yield of 181 bushels per acre. South Dakota corn growers produced 736 million bushels with a 145 bushel per acre average.
Soybean production finished at 4.39 billion bushels, up two percent from 2016 with a national average of 49.1 bushels per acre average. The Hawkeye state was second behind Illinois for soybean production with 561.6 million bushels with an average yield of 56.5 bushels per acre, which was nearly three and a half bushels down from last year’s average. Nebraska soybean growers produced 326 million bushels with an average yield of 57.5 bushels per acre, and South Dakota produced 241 million bushels of soybeans with a 43 bushels per acre average.