Friday, September 3, 2021

Bumper corn, soybean crops likely

Barring a natural disaster, corn yields will set a record this year and soybeans will come close.

That’s based on this year’s Great Ontario Yield Tour by Maurizio (Moe) Agostino, Chief Commodity Strategist and Greg Stewart, Agronomy lead for Maizex.

They predict corn yields will average 191.5 bushels per acre, well above the previous record of 183 set in 2018.

They predict soybean yields will average 51.7 bushels per acre; the record is 53 achieved in both 2018 and 2020.

The 10-year averages are 174 for corn and 46 for soybeans.  

Both crops are one to two weeks ahead of schedule with hot spots of white mould in soybeans and Western Bean Cutworm in corn. 

The western part of Ontario was very wet, but conditions became drier the further they travelled east.

“A dry August and a poor finish could result in less kernel and pod weight, but there is no stopping a record corn crop,” Stewart said.