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Ohio Farmers Anticipate Record-High Corn and Bean Yields
Ohio Ag Connection - 10/12/2018

Record high corn and soybean yields are expected this year in Ohio, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. The October Crop Production Report is based on conditions as of October 1, 2018. Some highlights of the report follow:

- Ohio corn yield is up 13 bushels from last year to 190 bushels per acre. If realized, this will be a new record high yield. Total production is expected to be 619 million bushels, up 11 percent from 2017.

- Ohio soybean production is expected to total 299 million bushels, up 19 percent from last year. The yield is forecast at 60 bushels per acre, up 10.5 bushels from last year. If realized, this will be a new State record yield.

- Ohio's alfalfa hay yield is forecast at 3.0 tons per acre, down 0.2 tons from last year. Ohio's other hay yield is forecast at 2.10 tons per acre, unchanged from last year.

- United States corn production is forecast at 14.8 billion bushels, down slightly from the September forecast but up 1 percent from last year. Based on conditions as of October 1, yields are expected to average 180.7 bushels per acre, down 0.6 bushel from the September forecast but up 4.1 bushels from 2017. If realized, this will be the highest yield and second highest production on record for the United States. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 81.8 million acres, down slightly from the previous estimate and down 1 percent from 2017. Acreage updates were made in several States based on a thorough review of all available data.

- Nationally, soybean production is forecast at a record 4.69 billion bushels, down slightly from September but up 6 percent from last year. Based on October 1 conditions, yields are expected to average a record 53.1 bushels per acre, up 0.3 bushel from last month and up 3.8 bushels from last year. Area for harvest in the United States is forecast at 88.3 million acres, down 1 percent from September and down 1 percent from 2017. Acreage updates were made in several States based on a thorough review of all available data

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