The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the October Crop Production report today, showing an increased harvest for corn compared with a year ago.
Corn production in Kentucky is forecast at 268 million bushels, unchanged from the September forecast and up 7% from the previous crop. Yield was estimated at 185 bushels per acre, unchanged from last month and up 1 bushel from the 2020 level. Acres for harvest as grain were estimated at 1.45 million acres, up 90,000 acres from 2020.
The U.S. corn production is forecast at 15.0 billion bushels, up slightly from the September forecast and up 6% from 2020. Based on conditions as of October 1, yields are expected to average 176.5 bushels per acre, up 0.2 bushels from last month and up 5.1 bushels from 2020. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 85.1 million acres, unchanged from the September forecast and up 3% from 2020.