Improving drought conditions and better than expected harvest figures have resulted in USDA reversing course on their projections for Missouri’s crop production this fall. The monthly update released Wednesday saw projected yields for corn and soybeans jump from last month’s sharp reductions. Missouri is now forecast to bring in 492.8 million bushels of corn this fall. While down almost ten percent from a year ago, it’s still a ten-million bushel increase from the October forecast, as yield was revised higher by three bushels per acre to 154. Harvested acreage was left unchanged at 3.2 million, a reduction of 230,000 acres from a year ago.
Soybeans are back on track to eclipse last year’s harvest, with 290.4 million bushels expected this fall. The five-percent increase comes from yield of 48 bushels per acre, just shy of last year’s but three higher than the October forecast, and harvested acreage of 6.05 million acres.
Rice harvest in the Bootheel was also revised higher, with an additional 200 pounds per acre now projected. That brings this year’s harvest forecast to 1.16 billion pounds, down 25 percent from a year ago, on decreased acreage and the updated yield three percent below last year’s. Missouri’s cotton harvest is unchanged at a projected 690,000 bales.