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Illinois corn yield prospects seen declining from 2016: tour

CORALVILLE, Iowa (Reuters) - Illinois corn yields are projected to fall about 6.6 percent from last year’s near-record crop, scouts on an annual tour said on Wednesday after surveying 205 fields across the No. 2 corn producing state.

Rows of corn wait to be harvested in a field in Minooka, Illinois, September 24, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young

The four-day Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour estimated yields in Illinois at 180.72 bushels per acre (bpa), below the 193.50 bpa projected by the tour in 2016 and the three-year tour average of 187.37 bpa. The U.S. Department of Agriculture earlier this month estimated the state’s average corn yield at 188 bpa, down 4.6 percent from 197 bpa in 2016.

The tour, which does not project soybean yields, estimated the amount of soybean pods in a 3-by-3-foot square in Illinois at 1,230.77 pods. That was down from 1,318.09 last year in the second-largest soy producing state and the three-year average of 1,269.24 pods.

Reporting by Karl Plume; Editing by Sandra Maler

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