Find out the latest news on this year’s corn harvest.
Corn is one of the largest crop commodities in the U.S., and farmers all over the country—from the Midwest to Southeastern states—are wrapping up or have completed their own corn harvest. Though there was drought, fire, flooding, and hurricanes in other parts of the country, the weather was favorable for growing corn in the main areas of the corn belt and most secondary areas where corn production is high.
The weather has been so favorable that corn producers may just be on to a record-setting corn harvest. Find out what the USDA’s latest report says on the harvesting of one of the country’s largest crops.
Corn Harvest Numbers
The USDA released its November Crop Production Report in the first two weeks of November. Compiled by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), it shows an increase in estimates for the total corn harvest, along with increases for other major crop commodities.
The numbers reported by NASS maintained the 2016 corn harvest would total 15.2 billion bushels. That’s an increase of 1 percent over the forecast in October and 12 percent higher than 2015’s numbers. According to a Farm Press article, taking conditions as of November 1st into account, “U.S. yields are expected to average 175.3 bushels per acre, up 1.9 bushels from the October forecast and up 6.9 bushels from 2015.”
The article also cited a NASS press release that was issued with the November Crop Production Report concerning the magnitude of the 2016 corn harvest estimates. “If realized, this will be the highest yield and production on record for the United States,” for corn, the press release reported.
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