The U.S. Department of Agriculture says this year’s corn crop in Missouri is on track to be the second-highest yield on record.
As of Sept. 12, the USDA forecast an average yield of 165 bushels per acre this year. That compares to an average of 142 bushels per acre in 2015 and the record of 186 bushels per acre in 2014.
Experts expect an even better soybean harvest. The USDA projected record yields in Missouri for the soybean crop, which carries an estimated value of $2.6 billion. The USDA estimated soybean yields in Missouri will average 49 bushels per acre, compared to 40.5 bushels per acre in 2015 and the record 46.5 bushels per acre in 2014.
Nationally, the USDA is anticipating the highest yields on record.
Bob Garino of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service in Columbia says early planting contributed to a robust harvest, and that corn farmers in the state benefited from favorable weather after a dry spell in June.