On Jan. 12, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service released its 2014 crop production summary. The report shared 2014 production data for many crops. The following list shares four key takeaways from the report.
- U.S. corn and soybean yield averages were records in 2014. The report showed that U.S. corn yields increased from 158.1 bushels per acre on average in 2013 to the record 171 bushels per acre on average in 2014. For soybeans, average yields increased from 44 bushels per acre in 2013 to the record 47.8 bushels per acre in 2014.
- Total U.S. corn and soybean production also registered as records. Corn production totaled 14.2 billion bushels, and soybean production totaled 3.97 billion bushels.
- Average 2014 Missouri corn yield per acre exceeded the U.S. average. Based on the 2014 crop production summary, Missouri corn yields averaged 186 bushels per acre in 2014, and U.S. yields averaged 171 bushels per acre. Several other states had averages that exceeded that of the U.S. Those included Arkansas, 187 bushels per acre on average; Iowa, 178 bushels per acre on average; Louisiana, 183 bushels per acre on average; Illinois, 200 bushels per acre on average; and Mississippi, 185 bushels per acre on average.
- U.S. winter wheat yields drop in 2014. In 2014, U.S. winter wheat yields averaged 42.6 bushels per acre, which was nearly five bushels per acre less than the average 47.3 bushels per acre recorded in 2013.