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Crop yields, production decline slightlyCrop yields, production decline slightly

In USDA reports from October to November, Pennsylvania saw the biggest yield decline.

Chris Torres

November 15, 2022

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rear view of a combine harvesting mature corn on a sunny day
DRYDOWN COMPLETE: Corn is harvested on Jason McConnachie’s farm in Deckerville, Mich. The state’s November corn yield came in 2 bushels lower than the October report, according to USDA.Courtesy of Angel Jenio, Michigan Corn

With harvest season essentially wrapped up, USDA’s most recent Crop Production Report shows little change in corn and soybean yields across the region, but the overall trend is down.

Take a look at 2022 corn and soybean yields, and production for the entire region:


Pennsylvania saw the biggest month-over-month declines — October to November — in corn and soybean yields. The projected corn yield of 142 bushels per acre is down 6 bushels from the October report, while the projected soybean yield of 44 bushels per acre is down 2 bushels from October.

Delaware saw a 5-bushel decline in corn yield from the October report, while there was no change in the soybean yield. Maryland saw a 4-bushel decline in corn yield and a 2-bushel decline in soybean yield.

New York state was the outlier as corn yield increased by 2 bushels, and soybean yield went up by 1 bushel.

Ohio’s corn yield of 186 bushels per acre, the highest in the region, was down 1 bushel from the October report. The Buckeye State’s soybean yield — 55 bushels per acre — was unchanged.

The corn yield in Michigan, the second-largest corn producer in the region, came in 2 bushels lower than the October report, while the soybean yield was unchanged.

National view

Corn production was adjusted slightly higher in the November report. Still, the overall production of 13.9 billion bushels is down 8% from last year. The average yield is 172.3 bushels per acre, down 4.4 bushels from last year.

Soybean production is forecast at 4.35 billion bushels, up 1% percent from the previous forecast, but down 3% from last year. Yields are expected to average 50.2 bushels per acre, down 1.5 bushels from last year.

About the Author(s)

Chris Torres

Editor, American Agriculturist

Chris Torres, editor of American Agriculturist, previously worked at Lancaster Farming, where he started in 2006 as a staff writer and later became regional editor. Torres is a seven-time winner of the Keystone Press Awards, handed out by the Pennsylvania Press Association, and he is a Pennsylvania State University graduate.

Torres says he wants American Agriculturist to be farmers' "go-to product, continuing the legacy and high standard (former American Agriculturist editor) John Vogel has set." Torres succeeds Vogel, who retired after 47 years with Farm Progress and its related publications.

"The news business is a challenging job," Torres says. "It makes you think outside your small box, and you have to formulate what the reader wants to see from the overall product. It's rewarding to see a nice product in the end."

Torres' family is based in Lebanon County, Pa. His wife grew up on a small farm in Berks County, Pa., where they raised corn, soybeans, feeder cattle and more. Torres and his wife are parents to three young boys.

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