Statistics on the damage caused by the drought are starting to come in. The USDA announced Friday that corn production will be down 25 percent in Illinois this year, from 1.946 billion bushels last year to 1.461 billion bushels this year. Yield will be down 26 percent, from 157 bushels per acre last year to 116 this year.
Illinois Agriculture Director Bob Flider says those are averages – some farmers lost everything – but it’s not as bad as he feared. “Much of the crop is just not gonna be very good. However, there were spots and there are areas where they were fortunate to get some rain, and it’s a much, much better yield than one might expect during these drought conditions,” he said.
The Illinois soybean yield is projected to be down 21 percent, from 47 bushels per acre to 37, with overall production in Illinois to be down 26 percent, from 416 million bushels to 308 million.