November 2011 Crop Production

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Illinois Field Office of NASS today released the USDA's November Crop Production Report. State and national highlights of the report include:

Illinois

As of Nov. 1, the Illinois corn for grain yield for 2011 was estimated at 156

bushels per acre, down three bushels from the Oct. 1 forecast.  At this level, total

production for the state would reach 1.95 billion bushels, fractionally below the

2010 production.  Harvest of the crop was 89 percent complete by Oct. 30 compared to 98 percent in 2010 and 71 percent for the five-year average.   

As of Nov. 1, the estimated yield for the soybean crop in Illinois was 46

bushels per acre, unchanged from the October forecast. Production was expected to

reach 407.1 million bushels, 13 percent below 2010 production.  As of Oct. 30, 94 percent of the crop had been harvested, compared to 99 percent last year and 80

percent for the five-year average.

United States

Corn production in the U.S.is forecast at 12.3 billion bushels, down one percent from

the October forecast and down one percent from 2010. If realized, this will be the

fourth largest production total on record for the United States. Based on

conditions as of Nov. 1, yields are expected to average 146.7 bushels per acre, down 1.4 bushels from the October forecast and down 6.1 bushels from 2010. If realized, this will be the lowest average yield since 2003. Area harvested for

grain is forecast at 83.9 million acres, unchanged from the October forecast.

Soybean production is forecast at 3.05 billion bushels, down slightly from the

October forecast and down nine percent from last year. Based on Nov. 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 41.3 bushels per acre, down 0.2 bushel from last month and down 2.2 bushels from last year. If realized, the average yield will be the second lowest since 2003. Area for harvest is forecast at 73.7 million acres, unchanged from October but down 4 percent from 2010.