USDA Acreage, Yield Estimates – Where Do the Numbers Come From?

🕔Oct 8, 20192019 has been a turbulent year.  Unprecedented rains during spring, which led to heavy flooding and disrupted corn planting in many states, created a forecasting environment more challenging than usual.  […]

Indiana Corn: Estimating Grain Yield Prior to Harvest

🕔Aug 23, 2019Fancy colored yield maps are fine for verifying grain yields at the end of the harvest season, but bragging rights for the highest corn yields are established earlier than that […]

Tennessee Cotton: Estimating Lint Yield from Boll Counts

🕔Aug 19, 2019Lint yield per acre is ultimately a function of number of harvested bolls per acre multiplied by lint weight of harvested bolls. As a result, it seems logical that one […]

Michigan Corn: Estimating Yield Potential

🕔Sep 28, 2018With the harvest season quickly approaching (Yes, we are already ending the month of September, can you believe that?), Michigan farmers are getting excited to know their corn yields. With […]

Virginia Soybeans: 4 Steps for Estimating Yields

🕔Sep 8, 2017This is the time of year when many are wondering what kind of yield potential is out there.  You can estimate your yield using the steps outlined below.  But I […]

Ohio Soybeans: 4 Steps for Estimating Yields

🕔Sep 6, 2017To estimate soybean yield, four yield components need to be considered: plants per acre, pods per plant, seeds per pod, and seeds per pound (seed size).  A printable worksheet to […]

Grain Markets: Don’t Tunnel Vision on Yield Estimates, More Factors Are at Play – DTN

🕔Aug 30, 2017As we get ready to turn out the lights on August 2017, we have to admit this has been a bearish time for corn prices. As of Monday, DTN’s national […]

Nebraska: Estimating Potential Corn Yields

🕔Aug 28, 2017What will corn yields be like for the 2017 harvest? The biggest unknown now is seed weight. All the other yield components are set — plants per acre, ears per plant, […]

Pennsylvania Corn: Yield Estimation and Seasonal Assessment

🕔Aug 23, 2017Here in central Pennsylvania the corn crop is looking very good, with excellent pollination and ear development. Overall, I think our corn crop is in good shape with 92% rated […]

Study Uses Satellite Data to Estimate Crop Yields

🕔Aug 23, 2017Without advanced sensing technology, humans see only a small portion of the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Satellites see the full range—from high-energy gamma rays, to visible, infrared, and low-energy microwaves. The […]

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