Record yields of corn and soybeans expected in Illinois


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SPRINGFIELD – More than half of Illinois corn crop is now out of fields, says U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Illinois Crop and Crop Report .

On Sunday, maize harvested for cereals reached 55 percent, compared to a five-year average of 46 percent at this point in the season. The condition of the corn was rated at 2 percent very bad, 5 percent bad, 23 percent fair, 50 percent good and 20 percent excellent.

Harvested soybeans reached 43 percent on Sunday, compared to a five-year average of 45 percent. Soybean coloration reached 97 percent, compared to a five-year average of 96 percent. The soybean leaf drop reached 87 percent, compared to the five-year average of 89 percent.


The condition of the soybeans was rated at 3 percent very bad, 6 percent bad, 20 percent fair, 49 percent good and 22 percent excellent.

Also on Tuesday, the USDA released its updated outlook for corn and soybeans for Illinois this year.

Eleven million acres of corn were planted this year in Illinois, down 3% from last year. The USDA predicts that 10.8 million acres of corn will be harvested this fall, also down 3 percent from last year.

Based on October 1 conditions, Illinois corn yield is expected to reach a record 210 bushels per acre, 19 bushels more than in 2020. Total production is forecast at 2.27 billion bushels, up 7 percent from last year’s production.

Illinois’ total soybean area is estimated at 10.60 million acres planted and a projection of 10.55 million acres – both figures are up 3% from 2020.

Based on October 1 conditions, Illinois soybean yield is expected to reach a record 64 bushels per acre, up four bushels from 2020. Production is expected to reach a record 675 million bushels, in 10% increase compared to 2020.

In other state agriculture news, sown winter wheat rose to 21 percent on Sunday, from a five-year average of 32 percent. Winter wheat emergence was 7 percent, compared to a five-year average of 8 percent.

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