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Northeast Finishing A Huge Corn And Soybean Harvest

Except for New England, Northeast grain producers are combining record or near-record corn and soybean crop yields. No feed shortage anticipated.

John Vogel, Editor, American Agriculturist

November 13, 2014

2 Min Read

While New England suffered through a tough growing season, most corn and soybean growers in the rest of the Northeast are winding up one of their best-ever corn and soybean harvest. That'll help partially soothe disappointment with this year's lower cash prices and please livestock producers.

National Agricultural Statistics Service tabulations for New England corn and soybeans aren't available.

Interestingly, double-crop soybeans are included in the tabulations, notes King Whetstone, director of the

Northeast Region NASS Office. In that case, state averages for conventional soybean yields, alone, would be substantially higher.

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Here's a quick look at the state-by-state numbers as of November 1 from USDA's Northeast NASS office:

Delaware: Corn growers are projected to take a record-setting 190-bushel-per-acre crop this fall – 24 bushels above the 2013 average. The 170,000 acres of corn for grain would also be a record high.

Record soybean yields also are projected with a 48 bushel average – up 7.5 bushels from last year. The state's 183,000 acres is 12% higher than last year.

Maryland: Corn yields are on track to average a record-setting 170 bushels per acre. And total corn for grain production coming off 440,000 harvested acres will also set a record.

Soybean yields are expected to average 44 bushels per acre – not a record, but up 4.5 bushels from 2013. Harvest acreage is 505,000 acres – up 5% from last year.

New Jersey: Corn yields are expected to hit a record 150 bushels an acre – 11 bushels above 2013.

That's on 75,000 harvested acres, down 6% from a year ago.

Jersey soybean yields should hit 42 bushels an acre – not a record, but up 2.5 bushels from 2013. The 103,000 harvested acres is up 17% from year-ago yields.

New York: Corn for grain is pegged to reach a record-high 155 bushels per acre – 17 bushels above the 2013 average. Production from the 660,000 for-grain acres is up 7% from last year – on 4% less harvested ground.

Soybean yields in the Empire State are forecast to average 45 bushels per acre – down 3% from 2013. But with 377,000 acres – up 36% from 2013 – the state will harvest a record-high 17.0 million bushels – up 27% from a year ago.

Pennsylvania: Corn yields are expected to average 152 bushels per acre – 5 bushels above the 2013 average, but no record. Total acres harvested for grain is down 8% from 2013.

Soybean yields are expected to average 50 bushels an acre – up 1 bushel from 2013 and a record yield. And it's coming off a record acreage – 600,000 acres.

About the Author(s)

John Vogel

Editor, American Agriculturist

For more than 38 years, John Vogel has been a Farm Progress editor writing for farmers from the Dakota prairies to the Eastern shores. Since 1985, he's been the editor of American Agriculturist – successor of three other Northeast magazines.

Raised on a grain and beef farm, he double-majored in Animal Science and Ag Journalism at Iowa State. His passion for helping farmers and farm management skills led to his family farm's first 209-bushel corn yield average in 1989.

John's personal and professional missions are an integral part of American Agriculturist's mission: To anticipate and explore tomorrow's farming needs and encourage positive change to keep family, profit and pride in farming.

John co-founded Pennsylvania Farm Link, a non-profit dedicated to helping young farmers start farming. It was responsible for creating three innovative state-supported low-interest loan programs and two "Farms for the Future" conferences.

His publications have received countless awards, including the 2000 Folio "Gold Award" for editorial excellence, the 2001 and 2008 National Association of Ag Journalists' Mackiewicz Award, several American Agricultural Editors' "Oscars" plus many ag media awards from the New York State Agricultural Society.

Vogel is a three-time winner of the Northeast Farm Communicators' Farm Communicator of the Year award. He's a National 4-H Foundation Distinguished Alumni and an honorary member of Alpha Zeta, and board member of Christian Farmers Outreach.

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