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The USDA projects another bin buster. As harvest approaches, here's a recap on 2015 corn production in Illinois.

Jill Loehr, Associate Editor, Prairie Farmer

August 28, 2016

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) forecasts a record year for Illinois corn production. The August 12, 2016 USDA crop production report projects 25 more bushels per acre, pushing average corn yields to 200 bushels an acre in Illinois. The report also projects a new national average of 175.1 bushels per acre.

Will average yields reach that level?

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“I think that 175 number is a little high, as a national (average yield),” says Jeff Jarboe, Illinois Corn Growers Association president. “I think the 171 is very possible.” Jarboe, who farms near Loda, Ill., explains early yield estimates indicate strong kernel counts, but farmers are concerned about kernel depth. “There’s going to be a lot of corn – there’s no doubt,” he adds. 

If average corn yields hit the projected level, Illinois could produce 2.30 billion bushels of corn – matching 2014 yield levels and achieving the second highest corn crop on record.

“Corn’s always going to be our number one or two commodity for the foreseeable future,” Jarboe notes. With the potential for another record-breaking yield sitting in fields, he voices concern over demand. “We have to figure out how we’re going to chew through this crop,” he explains.

As elevators prepare for another record crop, Prairie Farmer takes a look back on the 2015 corn crop. How much did corn did Illinois farmers produce last year? Where did it go? And how did it get there? Check out the infographic below.

Another record corn harvest?

LAST YEAR AT A GLANCE: Facts and figures on the 2015 Illinois corn crop.

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Jill Loehr

Associate Editor, Prairie Farmer, Loehr

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