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Wisconsin Still on Track to Harvest Record Soybean Acreage
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/10/2017

Even after making a few adjustments from the previous forecast, USDA officials are still projecting a record number of soybean acres to be harvested in Wisconsin this fall. The National Agricultural Statistics Service's monthly Crop Production report said soybean output is forecast at 98.4 million bushels, down 8.8 million from last year. The yield will also be down from 2016 at 46 bushels per acre. But an estimated 2.14 million acres will be run through the combines in 2017--breaking the previous record set last year.

Corn production is forecast at 496 million bushels, down 77.6 million bushels from last year. Based on conditions as of November 1, yields are expected to average 168 bushels per acre, up four bushels from last month's forecast, but down 10 bushels from last year. An estimated 2.95 million acres will be harvested for grain.

Nationally, soybean farmers are expected to harvest a record 4.43 billion bushels, which is three percent more than last year's all-time record production. Corn production is forecast at 14.6 billion bushels, with yields projected to average a record 175.4 bushels per acre.

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