Corn Yields

Corn yields could set record this fall; soybeans lag

Indiana's corn fields could yield a near-record crop this year, thanks to ideal spring weather and recent rain. Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt says crop estimates call for Indiana's average corn yield to be 155 bushels an acre this fall. That's within striking distance of 2001's record of 156 bushels per acre. Warm, dry spring weather allowed many farmers to plant corn early. There was abundant rain in May and June and Hurt says that sweltering heat that can stress corn isn't expected this month. Meanwhile, Hurt says the state's soybean crop has been hurt by the heavy rains and cool nighttime temperatures. Soybean yields are currently forecast to average about 45 bushels and acre. That's about normal and far better than last year.