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Pro Farmer Corn and Soybean Estimates Lower than USDA

The 2012 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour has come to a close and the estimates for the nation’s corn and soybean crops are in. Pro Farmer has pegged the U.S. corn crop at 10.478-billion bushels on an average yield of 120.25-bushels per acre. Both of those projections are lower than the estimates released by USDA on August 10th. USDA forecast corn production at 10.8-billion bushels with an average yield of 123.4-bushels to the acre. Pro Farmer is anticipating a harvested acreage percentage of 89.5-percent. For soybeans – Pro Farmer expects a 2012 crop of 2.6-billion bushels with an average yield of 34.8-bushels per acre. Earlier this month USDA projected a 2.69-billion bushel soybean crop with an average yield of 36.1-bushels per acre. Pro Farmer scouts spent the week of August 20th traveling through seven states to look at the corn and soybean crops – releasing state-by-state numbers each night. The final overall estimates were released Friday. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.