August Crop Report Forecasts Billion Bushel Corn Crop for Indiana Farmers

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 12, 2016) — With mostly favorable planting and growing conditions across the state, the USDA August Crop Production Report puts Indiana corn production just above one billion bushels and average yields above the national average after a disappointing crop in 2015.
The report, which was released on August 12, estimates average corn yields in Indiana at 187 bushels per acre, 12 bushels above the U.S. average of 175.1 bushels/acre and just one bushel below Indiana’s 2014 record average of 188 bushels/acre. This would put Indiana’s 2016 corn production at 1.049 billion bushels on 5.61 million harvested acres.
“After the difficult growing season and below average production of 2015, it was good to hear that the corn crop here in Indiana and across the U.S. looks promising,” said Jacob Walker, Indiana Corn Marketing Council director from Dekalb County. “While this report does not bring us a lot of hope that we’ll see improved prices for our corn now through harvest, at least Hoosier farmers will have a plentiful crop to market come this fall.”
Walker and ICMC directors Mike Beard of Clinton County and Herb Ringel of Wabash County, attended the USDA crop report announcement in Washington, D.C. to hear the forecast firsthand and talk to USDA economists about how the report affects U.S. farmers.
U.S. corn production is estimated at 15.2 billion bushels on 86.6 million acres, according to the USDA report. This is up 11 percent from last year’s production and the largest projected U.S. crop in history.
“There were not many surprises during the report but hearing the USDA economists explain the report in-person is an interesting experience,” said Beard. “We will have to see how the rest of the growing season plays out to see if the forecast stays true through harvest.”
While the August report is the first report utilizing survey-based data, there are still several weeks before harvest and other factors that can affect final production numbers. Experts say that crop development is on pace with previous years but that the recent hot, muggy weather does not favor maximum yield, like a cooler than normal summer would.
“While these numbers give us a good estimate of our crop, we still have a long way to go until harvest and it is never over until the corn is out of the field and on its way to market,” said Ed Ebert, ICMC’s senior director of production and market development.

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The Indiana Corn Marketing Council was established by the Indiana General Assembly to promote the interest of corn growers in the state and manage corn checkoff funds. The Council is composed of 17 voting producer directors and seven appointed industry, and government representatives.

This communication was funded with corn checkoff dollars.