USDA crop statistician Brad Schwab says winter wheat is 81 percent emerged. (Photo used under Creative Commons from Flickr user rocketjim54)
By Jim Anderson
CHICAGO - The corn and soybean seasons are over, and 2012 will go down as a tough year financially for growers.
USDA crop statistician Brad Schwab said corn yielded an average of 101 bushels an acre across the state.
“We’re looking at 60 to 70 bushels below the historic average or the trend average that farmers would expect, so that’s taken a lot of, if you will, money out of their pockets, and for soybeans, we estimated 43 bushels. That’s below what they expect in an average year,” he said.
Topsoil moisture is now 82 percent adequate or surplus across the state, while subsoil moisture is still 56 percent short or very short.
Winter wheat is 81 percent emerged, and the crop is rated 70 percent good, 24 percent fair, according to the weekly USDA crop progress and weather report – the last one for the year.