The NASS November Crop Production report

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Illinois Field Office of NASS was released Nov. 9 to the USDA's November Crop Production Report. State and national highlights of the report include:


As of Nov. 1, the Illinois corn for grain yield for 2010 was estimated at 159 bushels per acre, down one bushel from the Oct. 1 forecast. At this level, total production for the state would reach 1.97 billion bushels, four percent below the 2009 production. Harvest of the crop was 98 percent complete by Oct. 31 compared to 18 percent in 2009 and 71 percent for the five-year average. The progress of harvest during October continued to be right around the record pace of 2007 and 1991.

The estimated yield for the Illinois soybean crop was 52 bushels per acre, steady with the Oct. 1 forecast. Production is expected to total 470.6 million bushels, nine percent above last year’s production. As of Oct. 31, 99 percent of the soybeans had been harvested, compared to only 35 percent last year and 81 percent for the five-year average. This year’s soybean harvest progress was one of the earliest on record.


Corn production is forecast at 12.5 billion bushels, down one percent from the October forecast and down four percent from last year’s record production of 13.1 billion bushels. As of Nov. 1, yields are expected to average 154.3 bushels per acre, down 1.5 bushels from the previous month and 10.4 bushels below last year’s record of 164.7 bushels. Forecasted yields decreased from last month throughout much of the Corn Belt, with the biggest decline forecasted in Missouri, down seven bushels per acre. The expected yield in South Dakota declined five bushels from last month while the Nebraska yield dropped four bushels per acre. Record high yields are forecast in California, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Soybean production is forecast at a record high 3.38 billion bushels, down one percent from the October forecast but up slightly from last year. Based on Nov. 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 43.9 bushels per acre, down 0.5 bushel from last month and down 0.1 bushel from last year’s record high yield. Compared with last month, yields are forecast lower or unchanged in all major-producing States except Delaware, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin. The largest decreases in yield from last month are expected in Kansas, Nebraska, New Jersey, and South Dakota, down two bushels each. If realized, the forecasted yields in Illinois, Louisiana, New York, and Wisconsin will be record highs and the forecasted yield in Michigan and North Dakota will tie the previous record high. Area for harvest in the United States is forecast at 76.8 million acres, unchanged from the previous forecast but up one percent from 2009.

Northwest District

In the Northwest District where Mercer County is there were 2,091 acres of corn planted in 2010 just 52 more than was planted in 2009. There were 2,061,000 acres harvested in 2010 compared to 2,004,000 in 2009. The yield was 177 bushels per acre in 2010 compared to 175 bushels per acre in 2009. The amount of corn produced in 2010 was 364,797,000 compared to 350,636,000 in 2009.

The total acres of soybeans planted in 2010 was 867,000 compared to 903,000 in 2009. In 2010 there were 863,000 acres of soybeans harvested while there were 898,000 harvested in 2009. The amount of bushels per acre increased from 47 in 2009 to 56 in 2010. The total production of soybeans i the Northwest District was 48,328,000 in 2010 compared to 42,078,000 in 2009.