Brandon farmer Scott Vossekuil said combining corn this fall "was a lot of fun" as he watched the yield monitor in his combine jump between 200 and 250 bushels per acre as he rolled across the fields.
"We ended up averaging 225 bushels per acre," Vossekuil said. "It's a nice surprise. That's about 30 bushels to the acre more than we averaged last year."
Vossekuil, 53, and his wife Robin and their family farm 850 owned and rented acres and feed out 600 Holstein steers annually on their western Fond du Lac County farm.
An early spring and ideal weather during the growing season helped Wisconsin farmers harvest a bumper crop of corn and soybeans this fall. In fact, according to the Nov. 10 USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service crop production report, the state is forecast to average 165 bushels of corn per acre which would be the highest yield on record for Wisconsin. The previous record of 162 bushels per acre was set in 2010. The average yield in 2014 was 156 bushels.
Overall, Wisconsin corn production is forecast at 505 million bushels, 4% above the 2014 production, according to the latest USDA, NASS crop production report. This is the second largest corn crop on record. A total of 3.06 million acres of corn was harvested in the state for grain this fall.
Soybeans also fared well in the Dairy State this year. Soybean production is forecast at 93 million bushels, 18% above last year, according to the USDA NASS crop production report. If realized, this will be the highest soybean production on record, 13% above the previous high set in 2010. The Nov. 1 forecast yield is 50 bushels per acre, 6 bushels above 2014. The yield is the second highest on record, trailing only the 50.5 bushel per acre record set in 2010. A total of 1.86 million acres of soybeans were harvested this year in Wisconsin.
The final crop production estimates will be published in the Crop Production – 2015 Summary report which will be released on Jan. 12.