USDA predicts largest ever corn crop and third largest ever soybean crop

The projections are big increases over last year's drought-devastated harvest

USDA predicts record corn, soybean harvest

USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service predicted the nation's largest ever corn crop and third-largest ever soybean crop in its annual August report. The Service's prediction of 13.8 billion bushels on 154.4 bushels per acre would represent a 28 percent increase over last year's 10.8 billion bushels, a harvest affected by severe drought. The previous record was 13.09 billion in 2009.

Soybean harvests are predicted at 3.26 billion bushels on a yield of 42.6 bushels per acre, up eight percent from last year's three billion bushels.

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