• 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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