Indiana annual crop summary released

Staff Reports

Hoosier farmers reported harvesting excellent crops in 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Statistics Service’s Indiana field office.

The 2020 crop was much improved over a water-slogged, dismal 2019 crop.

Corn production in 2020 totaled 982 million bushels, 21% above 2019. Corn acreage harvested for grain totaled 5.25 million, up 9% from 2019. The average yield of 187 bushels per acre was 18 bushels above 2019.

Soybean production totaled 329 million bushels, up 21% from 2019. Harvested acreage was 5.68 million, up 320,000 from 2019. The average yield of 58 bushels per acre was 7 bushels above 2019 and was a record-high yield.

Nationally, corn for grain production was estimated at 14.2 billion bushels, up 4% from the 2019 estimate. The average yield was estimated at 172.0 bushels per acre, 4.5 bushels above the 2019 yield of 167.5 bushels per acre. Estimated yields in 2020 were up from the previous year across most of the Northern Plains and Eastern Corn Belt.

Record yields were estimated in Georgia, Kentucky, New Mexico, Oregon and South Dakota. Corn planted area, at 90.8 million acres, was up 1% from the 2019 estimate. Area harvested for grain was estimated at 82.5 million acres, up 1% from the 2019 estimate.

National soybean production in 2020 totaled 4.14 billion bushels, up 16% from 2019. The average yield was estimated at 50.2 bushels per acre, 2.8 bushels above 2019. Planted area for the nation, at 83.1 million acres, was up 9% from the 2019 planted acreage.

Soybean growers harvested 82.3 million acres, up 10% from 2019. Record-high yields occurred in Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey and Tennessee.