• Rod Swoboda

    How Accurate Is USDA's August Corn Yield Estimate?

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on August 28, 2012

    On August 10, USDA's National Ag Statistics Service released its first official assessment of the 2012 drought on corn yields in Iowa and the United States. This first 2012 corn yield forecast is based on actual in the field measurements by trained enumerators. Before this August Crop Report was released, the previous estimates issued by USDA each month were projections based on computer models and data gathered from USDA's weekly weather and crop condition surveys. The current Iowa corn yield…

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  • Rod Swoboda

    Shrunken Crops Stir Long-term Concern

    Iowa Farm Scene

     by Rod Swoboda
     on August 23, 2012

    The Iowa State Fair marks the time each August when you start to see a clearer picture of the size of the upcoming corn harvest, and can count pods on soybean plants. Farmers I visited with at the fair this past week were talking about the longer-term impact of smaller crops, tighter supplies and higher prices. The drought that's clobbered Iowa and the Corn Belt this summer ranks among the most severe in 140 years of weather records. USDA's first official yield forecast is released in the…

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