Missouri’s 3.45 million corn acres that were planted this year will result in the state’s highest corn yield in four years if the U.S. Department of Agriculture projections are correct.
For every acre, Missouri is forecast to produce an average of 130 bushels of corn, the state’s highest since 2009. The Department of Agriculture’s 2013 corn yield report says that planting was delayed in 2013 because of rain in May and June. Rainfall decreased in the northern part of Missouri in July, but corn yields in each district of the state will still increase.
Scott Gerlt, a crops analyst at the MU Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, said Missouri fits the expected trend of a nationwide increase in production and yield that will bolster a decreasing corn reserve.