U.S. corn production up, soybean down from October

by Ron Sterk
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US corn
 
WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture in its Nov. 9 Crop Production report forecast 2017 U.S. production of corn at 14.578 billion bushels, up 298 million bushels, or 2%, from 14.280 billion bushels forecast in October but down 570 million bushels, or 4%, from record outturn of 15.148 billion bushels in 2016. Soybean production was forecast at a record 4.425 billion bushels, down just 6 million bushels from 4.431 billion bushels in October but up 129 million bushels, or 3%, from 4.296 billion bushels last year.

Based on Nov. 1 conditions, average corn yield in 2017 was forecast at a record 175.4 bushels an acre, up 3.6 bushels from October and up 0.8 bushels from 174.6 bushels an acre in 2016, the previous record. Harvested area of corn was forecast at 83.1 million acres, unchanged from October and down 4% from last year. If realized, corn production will be the second highest on record.

US Soybean
 
The average soybean yield was forecast at 49.5 bushels an acre based on Nov. 1 conditions, unchanged from October and down 2.5 bushels from 2016. Harvested area was forecast at a record 89.5 million acres, unchanged from October and up 8% from 2016.

The USDA production and yield estimates all were above average trade expectations of 14.323 billion bushels and 172.3 bushels an acre for corn and 4.404 billion bushels and 49.2 bushels an acre for soybeans, respectively.

Corn and soybean futures traded moderately lower after the report. 
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