The US Department of Agriculture releases its final production numbers for the 2016 crop

Dennis Morrice from KLEM radio in Le Mars joins KCAU9 for this week's Ag Report

Le Mars, Iowa - Last week, the US Department of Agriculture released its final production numbers for the 2016 crop. 

Farmers across the nation had a great year with their crop production, and in many instances, setting new records. According to Doug Hartwig, Deputy Director, with the Upper Midwest region of the USDA Ag Statistics Service, he says corn and soybean growers in Iowa, and across the country set new production records. Iowa farmers produced an estimated 2.74 billion bushels of corn.

"That's a record high production.  It is nine percent above the previous 2-point-five-one billion bushels set in 2015," says  Doug Hartwig, Deputy Director with the Upper Midwest region of the USDA Ag Statistics Service

Hartwig says for the first time ever, Iowa farmers, statewide, were able to yield an average of more than 200 bushels of corn per acre.

"The average yield for the state ended up at 203 bushels per acre. So, pretty phenomenal year in 2016 for corn production," says Hartwig.

Iowa has now led the nation in corn production for 23 consecutive years, and 38 of the last 39 years. Hartwig says soybean production in Iowa in 2016 is estimated at 572 million bushels, also considered to be another new record.

"This is a record high production, also, topping the previous record set last year (2015) at 554 million bushels," says Hartwig.

In speaking to farmers in northwest Iowa during the harvest about their soybean yield, many said that 2016 was their best soybean production crop year, ever.  The numbers compiled by the US Department of
Agriculture confirms those beliefs.

"The soybeans were 60 and a half bushels in '16, and this is also a record high. And it topped last year's 56.5 bushels set in 2015," says Hartwig.

 

Farmers will want to mark their calendars for Tuesday, January 24th.  Iowa State University is hosting a Crop Advantage Meeting at the Le Mars Convention Center. This meeting will feature two well-known and respected speakers.  Elwynn Taylor,  Iowa State University Extension Climatologist, and Chad Hart, Iowa State University Grain Marketing Specialist.  Both will address what farmers can expect in terms of weather conditions and grain prices for the upcoming few months. Registration is $60.  For more information, farmers can contact the Plymouth County Extension and Outreach office.  That phone number is (712) 546-7835.

 








 


More Stories

Don't Miss

  • Cubs Baseball Schedule
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Mercy's Womens Night Out 2017
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Comedy for a Cause 2017
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Hometown Heroes
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Support Siouxland Soldiers
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest News

Video Center