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Ohio Soybean Production Could Set Record
Ohio Ag Connection - 11/09/2018

Ohio producers expect record corn and soybean yields this year, according to Cheryl Turner, state statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. The November Crop Production Report is based on conditions as of November 1, 2018. Some highlights of the report follow:

- Ohio corn yield is up 16 bushels from last year's report to 193 bushels per acre, which would be the highest on record if realized. Total production is expected to be 629 million bushels, up 14 percent from 2017. Corn harvest progress was slightly ahead of average during October and was 64 percent complete by the week ending October 28.

- Ohio soybean production is expected to total 294 million bushels, which would be the highest on record if realized. The yield is forecast at 59 bushels per acre, which would also be the highest on record if realized. As of the week ending October 28, soybean harvest was 75 percent complete in Ohio, slightly behind the 5-year average.

- U.S. corn production is forecast at 14.6 billion bushels, down 1 percent from the October forecast but up less than 1 percent from last year. Based on conditions as of November 1, yields are expected to average 178.9 bushels per acre, down 1.8 bushels from the October forecast but up 2.3 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, unchanged from the previous estimate but down 1 percent from 2017.

- U.S. soybean production is forecast at a record 4.60 billion bushels, down 2 percent from the October forecast but up 4 percent from last year. Based on November 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 52.1 bushels per acre, down 1.0 bushel from last month but up 2.8 bushels from last year. Area for harvest in the United States is forecast at 88.3 million acres, down slightly from last month.

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