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- Total U.S, corn production for 2010 is estimated at 12.4 billion bushels
- Total U.S. soybean production in 2010 is expected to be the second highest on record at 3.33 billion bushels
The national average corn yield in 2010 is projected to be 152.8 bu./acre, a decrease of 7% from the record U.S. corn yield of 164.7 bu. in 2009. The 2010 U.S. corn yield compares to other recent average corn yields of 153.9 bu. in 2008, 150.7 bu. in 2007 and 149.1 bu. in 2006. The average corn yield in Minnesota in 2010 is estimated to be a new record yield at 177 bu./acre, which is slightly above the previous record yield of 174 bu. in 2009 and 2005. The projected 2010 Minnesota corn yield is well above other recent state average corn yields of 164 bu. in 2008, 146 bu. in 2007 and 161 bu. in 2006. Iowa had an estimated corn yield of 165 bu./acre in 2010, down considerably from an average yield of 182 bu. in 2009, and below the 171-bu. average yield in both 2008 and 2007. The average 2010 corn yields in other major production states were Nebraska at 166 bu., and both Illinois and Indiana at 157 bu.
The estimated U.S. average soybean yield in 2010 is the second highest on record at 43.5 bu./acre, trailing only the record 2009 U.S. soybean average yield of 44.0 bu. The projected 2010 average U.S. soybean yield is higher than other recent average soybean yields of 39.7 bu. in 2008, 41.7 bu. in 2007 and 42.9 bu. in 2006. The estimated average soybean yield in Minnesota for 2010 ties a record state yield of 45 bu., previously set in 2005. The 2010 soybean yield in Minnesota was well above recent soybean yields of 40.0 bu. in 2009, 38.0 bu. in 2008 and 42.5 bu. in 2007. The average soybean yield for 2010 in Iowa was estimated at 51.0 bu., which matched the 2009 average yield level. Estimated average 2010 soybean yields in other major production states were Nebraska at 52.5 bu., Illinois at 51.5 bu. and Indiana at 48.5 bu.
Editor’s note: Kent Thiesse is a former University of Minnesota Extension educator and now is Vice President of MinnStar Bank, Lake Crystal, MN. You can contact him at 507-726-2137 or via e-mail at email@example.com.