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Ohio's 2020 Season More Favorable for Farmers
Ohio Ag Connection - 01/13/2021

The 2020 growing season was much more favorable to Ohio farmers than the previous year, according to Cheryl Turner, state statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Ohio's 2020 average corn yield was 171 bushels per acre, up 7 bushels from 2019. Growers harvested 3.30 million acres for grain, up 28 percent from 2019. Total production of corn for grain was 564 million bushels, up 34 percent from 2019.

Ohio's average soybean yield for 2020 was 54 bushels per acre, up 5 bushels from 2019. Growers harvested 4.87 million acres, up 14 percent from 2019. Production, at 263 million bushels, was up 26 percent.

Nationally, corn for grain production in the United States was estimated at 14.2 billion bushels, up 4 percent from the 2019 estimate. The average yield in the United States was estimated at 172.0 bushels per acre, 4.5 bushels above the 2019 yield of 167.5 bushels per acre. Estimated yields in 2020 were up from the previous year across most of the Northern Plains and Eastern Corn Belt. Record yields were estimated in Georgia, Kentucky, New Mexico, Oregon, and South Dakota. Corn planted area, at 90.8 million acres, was up 1 percent from the 2019 estimate. Area harvested for grain was estimated at 82.5 million acres, up 1 percent from the 2019 estimate.

National soybean production in 2020 totaled 4.14 billion bushels, up 16 percent from 2019. The average yield was estimated at 50.2 bushels per acre, 2.8 bushels above 2019. Planted area for the Nation, at 83.1 million acres, was up 9 percent from the 2019 planted acreage. Soybean growers harvested 82.3 million acres, up 10 percent from 2019. Record high yields occurred in Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, and Tennessee.

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