It’s still a little early to be projecting corn yields for 2013, but Iowa State University Extension climatologist and professor of agronomy Elwynn Taylor is willing to take a stab at it.
Taylor says that, considering where everything is at right now, “the guess would be better than the 123 bushels to the acre that the nation had last year, and not as good as the 160 to 162 that would be the trend yield. Somewhere in between—my guess right now, I’d say 147.”
Taylor says the current weather pattern is neutral—absent the influence of a La Nina or El Nino—making it tougher to forecast what the spring and summer might bring. He tells us to check back on April 15th, when the weather patterns begin to set up.
Taylor made those comments to Brownfield at the recent Triumph of Ag Expo in Omaha.