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Ohio Farmers Eyeing Up Record-Breaking Yields
Ohio Ag Connection - 09/13/2021

Ohio corn and soybean producers anticipate record breaking yields in 2021, according to Cheryl Turner, state statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Ohio farmers anticipate harvesting 3.38 million acres of corn for grain, eighty-thousand acres more than last year and 4.83 million acres of soybeans, down 40 thousand acres from last year.

While Ohio farmers continue to predict a record-breaking corn crop, the crop is now forecast at 190 bushels per acre, down 3 bushels from last month's forecast. If realized, this will be 19 bushels per acre more than last year and an all-time high. As of August 29, Ohio corn was 3 percent mature, on par with the 5-year average. Ohio soybean yield is forecasted at 58 bushels per acre, unchanged from last month. If realized, this too will be a record yield. As of August 29, three percent of Ohio soybeans were dropping leaves, 2 points less than the 5-year average.

Nationally, the forecasted 2021 U.S. corn crop at 15.0 billion bushels, is forecast to be the second highest production on record for the United States. The forecasted yield, at 176.3 bushels per acre, is up 3 percent from last year's final estimate of 172.0 bushels per acre. If realized, this would be the third highest yield on record for the United States. Record high yields are forecast in California, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.

The 2021 U.S. soybean crop at 4.37 billion bushels, is forecast to be the third highest production on record for the United States. The forecasted yield, at 50.6 bushels per acre, is up less than 1 percent from last year's final estimate of 50.2 bushels per acre. If realized, this would be the second highest yield on record for the United States. Record high yields are forecast in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.


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