August 25, 2017 / 1:10 AM / in 2 months

Iowa corn, soybean yield prospects seen declining from 2016: tour

ROCHESTER, Minn. (Reuters) - Iowa corn yields are projected to fall about 4.5 percent from last year’s bumper crop, scouts on an annual tour said on Thursday after surveying 452 fields across the top U.S. corn-producing state.

FILE PHOTO -- A corn field is seen in DeWitt, Iowa July 12, 2012. REUTERS/Adrees Latif/File Photo

The four-day Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour estimated yields in Iowa at 179.79 bushels per acre (bpa), down from 188.17 bpa last year and the three-year tour average of 182.39 bpa. The U.S. Department of Agriculture earlier this month estimated the state’s average corn yield at 188 bpa, down 7.4 percent from 203 bpa in 2016.

The tour, which does not project soybean yields, estimated the amount of soybean pods per 3-by-3-foot square in Iowa at 1,092.92 pods, was down from 1,224.28 last year and the three-year average of 1,205.69 pods.

Reporting by Karl Plume; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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