Crop tour finds lower western Iowa corn yields vs 2021
SPENCER, Iowa, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Corn yield prospects in Western Iowa are lower than last year, scouts on an annual tour of top U.S. production states found on Wednesday.
Bumper U.S. crops are needed to offset low global grain supplies, as extreme heat and widespread drought have impacted parts of the U.S. Midwest and a string of troubled crop harvests worldwide are pointing to multiple years of tight supplies and high food costs.
The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour projected corn yields in Iowa's crop District 1, in the state's northwest corner, at 181.12 bushels per acre (bpa), down from 183.96 bpa last year and below the tour's three-year average of 183.37 bpa.
Corn yields in west-central District 4 were pegged at 180.80 bpa, below the tour's average yield of 201.10 bpa last year and its three-year average of 188.74, bpa for the district.
Corn yields in southwestern District 7 were seen at 173.70 bpa, down from 192.47 bpa a year ago and the three-year average of 187.83 bpa.
The tour is slated to release statewide figures for the top U.S. corn producing state on Thursday.
Soybean pod counts per three-by-three foot area averaged 1,089.74 in District 1, compared with 1089.35 pods last year and the three-year average of 1,066.20.
In District 4, pod counts averaged 1,258.94, up from 1,225.24 in 2021 and above the three-year average of 1,159.57.
District 7 soybean pod counts averaged 1,223.85, below last year's count of 1,367.61 and the three-year average of 1250.92.
(Reporting by Karen Braun and Julie Ingwersen)
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