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Illinois Corn Forecast Down, Soybeans Up
Illinois Ag Connection - 09/13/2017

Corn: Planted area is estimated at 11.10 million acres, down 4 percent from last year. Harvested area, forecast at 10.95 million acres, is also down 4 percent from 2016.

Based on September 1 conditions, the Illinois corn yield is forecast at 189 bushels per acre, up 1 bushel from the previous forecast but down 8 bushels from 2016. Production is forecast at 2.07 billion bushels, down 8 percent from last year's production. If realized, this would be the third highest yield on record.

Soybeans: Planted area is estimated at 10.40 million acres, up 3 percent from last year. Harvested area, forecast at 10.34 million acres, is up 3 percent from 2016.

The Illinois soybean yield is forecast at 58 bushels per acre, a 1 bushel decrease from 2016. Production is forecast at 600 million bushels, up 1 percent from 2016 and the highest production level on record for Illinois.

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