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Record Number of Soybean Acres Expected to be Harvested
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 10/13/2017

The latest crop production forecast from the USDA expects Wisconsin's soybean acreage to set a new all-time record this fall. According to the latest figures released on Thursday, soybean production in the Badger State is projected to be around 101 million bushels from an estimated at 2.14 million acres. That's down 6.67 million bushels from last year. The yield is forecast at 47 bushels per acre, down one bushel from last month's forecast, and eight bushels below 2016. If realized, this will exceed last year's record soy acreage by 190,000 acres.

Wisconsin corn production should be around 484 million bushels, with yields expected to average 164 bushels per acre--up two bushels from the September report, but down 14 bushels from a year earlier. An estimated 2.95 million acres will be harvested for grain.

Production of alfalfa and alfalfa mixture dry hay is forecast at 3.30 million tons, up three percent from the previous year. Yield is expected to average 3.30 tons per acre, slightly from last year. Harvested area is forecast at 1.00 million acres, equal to 2016.

Meanwhile, total output for other dry hay is forecast at 840,000 tons, up 16 percent from last year.

Nationally, corn production is forecast at 14.3 billion bushels, down six percent from last year, but up slightly from the September forecast. Yields are expected to average 171.8 bushels per acre this fall. Soybean production could see a record 4.43 billion bushels, a bit lower than August's projections, but three percent more than last year.

The next corn and soybean production forecasts will be released on November 9.

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