Illinois corn farmers plowed through another trying harvest season with average yield now pegged at a record 210 bushels per acre. The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service released today the annual crop report. It was delayed due to the government shutdown. In 2017, average production was 201 bpa. In 2016, it was 197 bpa.
Corn for grain production nationally in 2018 was estimated at 14.4 billion bushels, down 1 percent from the 2017 estimate. The average yield in the United States was estimated at 176.4 bushels per acre, 0.2 bushel below the 2017 record yield of 176.6 bushels per acre. Area harvested for grain was estimated at 81.7 million acres, down 1 percent from the 2017 estimate.
Other state average production for the 2018 corn crop are: