Early harvest estimates show decline from 2016

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Jim Dayton
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Early 2017 numbers show projected declines in Wisconsin's corn and soybean production after a record-setting year in 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

State corn production is estimated to fall to 494 million bushels, a year after a total of 573 million bushels. Bushels per acre could see a 9 percent decrease from the 2016 harvest, according to an agency news release.

Soybean acreage increased from 1.9 million to 2.1 million acres, but overall production is still projected to drop from 107 million bushels to 102 million.

Soybeans per acre could decline by about 13 percent, from 55 bushels per acre last year to 48 bushels per acre, according to the release.

The state experienced record-setting corn and soybean yields in 2016. Wet weather during the 2017 planting season derailed the likelihood of reaching those numbers again.

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