The Yield Forecasting Center (YFC) will provide real-time information on corn phenology and forecasts of corn yield potential every three weeks, starting in mid-July, to aid growers and ag industry in making management, logistics, and marketing decisions through the 2020 season.
Forecasted end-of-season yields for rainfed corn across the Corn Belt indicate above-average yield at two-thirds of the sites, with yields well above historical averages in Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri. See data for individual irrigated and rainfed sites.
There is a high probability of near- or above-average yields at all but two of the 37 locations studied. Corn has reached dough stage at most locations, except for irrigated corn in western and north-central Nebraska, northern North Dakota and Minnesota, and the eastern fringe of the region (Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio).
Corn is still in vegetative stages across much of the Corn Belt. At this point, delayed planting doesn't appear to have affected yields at irrigated sites. Yields for rainfed sites vary considerably, with those on the western edge trending above normal.
Agronomists address how the Corn Yield Forecast Center develops yield forecasts, what to expect during the growing season, and how to use the forecasts to inform farm decisions. Tables detailing soil types and crop management for each of the 41 locations are included.
A four year study in Nebraska and other north central states found that planting date was a leading factor explaining the gap between current soybean yield and potential yield. The gap ranged from 11% in irrigated fields in south-central Nebraska to 21% in dryland fields in eastern Nebraska.