SD farmers ready to glean record soybean crop,will see record corn yields, USDA says

Farm Forum

South Dakota farmers have grown a record-sized soybean crop this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which reported on September 11 the state’s farmers will harvest 233 million bushels, starting about now.

That’s 1 percent higher than last year’s record production.

It also includes a record yield of 46 bushels an acre, up from 45 bushels last year because the 5.06 million acres expected to be harvested is down 1 percent from 2014.

Just a month ago, USDA had pegged the soybean crop at only 228 million bushels, 1 percent below 2014’s production, with projected yields of 45 bushels an acre, the same as last year.

Meanwhile, the state’s corn crop will amount to 755 million bushels, down 4 percent from last year, once harvest for grain begins next month.

But average corn yields will hit a record 159 bushels an acre, up 11 bushels from 2014’s yields, as the crop will be harvested off only 4.75 million acres, down 11 percent from last year, USDA said in the Sept. 11 report.

Rain has been fairly abundant across the corn-growing region of the state. Pierre remains nearly 3 inches above normal for the year, according to the National Weather Service.

Sorghum production will be up 24 percent to 11.7 million bushels, with yields up 10 bushels to 73 bushels per acre from 160,000 harvested acres, up 7 percent from 2014’s acreage.

Last month, USDA projected winter wheat production down 32 percent at 40.3 million bushels; spring wheat production would total 64.4 million bushels, down 10 percent from last year.