Kentucky Corn Yield May Set a Record

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the October Crop Production report today, showing a potential record yield forecasts for corn.

“Based on producer reports, Kentucky corn are forecast at 180 bushels per acre, up 2 bushels from the record high set last year,” said David Knopf, director of the NASS Eastern Mountain Regional Office in Kentucky.

Corn production in Kentucky is forecast at 223 million bushels, up 4 percent from the September forecast and up 3 percent from the previous crop.  Yield was estimated at 180 bushels per acre, up 3 bushels from last month and up 2 bushels from the 2017 level.  Acres for harvest as grain were estimated at 1.24 million acres, up 20,000 acres from 2017. 

The U.S. corn production is forecast at 14.8 billion bushels, down slightly from the September forecast and up 1 percent from 2017.  Based on conditions as of October 1, yields are expected to average 180.7 bushels per acre, down 0.6 bushels from last month and up 4.1 bushels from 2017.  Area harvested for grain is forecast at 81.8 million acres, down slightly from the September forecast and down 1 percent from 2017. 

NASS gathered data for the October Agricultural Yield Survey earlier this month. “We recognize this is a hectic time for farmers, but the information they provide helps Kentucky and U.S. agriculture remain viable and capable,” Knopf said.

All reports are available on the NASS website: www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/Calendar/reports_by_date.php.

For more information on NASS surveys and reports, call the NASS Kentucky Field Office at (800) 928-5277, or visit www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Kentucky/.

 

 

Crop ReportJennifer Elwell