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March 6, 2008

USDA - NASS Releases County Yields

Columbia, MO - The final estimates of Missouri county yields for the 2007 corn and soybean crops are now available.

Missouri corn production, at 461.5 million bushels, was the second largest state level production on record, following the 2004 record production of 466 million bushels. The Missouri average yield of 142 bushels per acre ranks this past seasons yield the third largest on record, behind 2000 and 2004. Southeast Missouri led the state with an average yield of 172 bushels per acre harvested, followed by the North Central region at 142 bushels per acre. Mississippi County led all counties with an average yield per harvested acre at 188 bushels per acre, followed closely by New Madrid with 182 bushels per acre. The largest county yield outside the Bootheel region was found in Saline County with a reported yield of 160 bushels per acre.

Missouri soybean production is finalized at 168.4 million bushels, down 26 million bushels from the previous year due to a 550,000 acre reduction in planted acres. The state average yield is pegged at 37 bushels per acre, down 1 bushel from the 2006 crop but the third largest yield on record. Northwest Missouri reported the largest average yields for the 2007 crop at 43 bushels per acre followed by the North Central region at 42. Atchison County in the northwest region led all counties with an average yield per acre harvested at 49 bushels per acre, followed by Clinton County at 46 bushels per acre.

County level estimates for the 2007 wheat, corn, soybeans, and sorghum crops are available in the County Estimates section.

The first look at the 2008 crop season will be the Planting Intentions report scheduled for release on March 31.