DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest estimates show Iowa is on track for record soybean production and will tie the largest corn crop ever.
The monthly crop production report released Friday says Iowa farmers are growing an estimated 2.41 billion bushels of corn, which ties the 2009 crop for the highest on record.
The average yield is expected at 181 bushels per acre which ties 2004 and 2009 as highest on record.
Iowa farmers are expected to bring in 526 million bushels of soybeans, exceeding the 2005 record by 1 million bushels.
Soybean yield is estimated at 53 bushels per acre, a half-bushel per acre higher than the 2005 record.
Iowa farmers are expected to harvest 13.3 million acres of corn for grain and 9.92 million acres of soybeans.