Feed Grain Outlook

  • September 11, 2020 – Changes to the balance sheets for corn, domestic and global, in the September WASDE, were driven by the revised U.S. corn yield. The national average corn yield for 2020 was revised from 181.8 bushels per acre to 178.5 bushels, still an all-time record high.
  • September 4, 2020 – A dry August across the heart of the Corn Belt and declining crop condition ratings call in to question the likelihood of a record corn yield in 2020. USDA pegged the yield at 181.8 in the August WASDE. The previous record is 176.6 in 2017.
  • August 27, 2020 – This week’s Crop Progress report showed declining condition ratings for U.S. corn, though the index is still above the long-term average for late-August. The focus of the Grain Use section this week is ethanol.
  • August 21, 2020 – Monday’s Crop Progress report began to reflect damage to the U.S. corn crop from last week’s wind storm. The Pro Farmer Crop Tour has concluded that Iowa’s corn yield in 2020 is expected to average about 5 bushels per acre below that of 2019.


Mark Welch
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Economist

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