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Corn and soybeans hit record

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Based on September 1 forecasts for yield and production, Pennsylvania’s farmers expect to have a record-breaking year for corn and soybean production. Corn acreage to be harvested for grain, at 1,100,000 acres, is 100,000 acres more than 2012, and is the highest harvested acreage since 1986. The corn yield is forecast at 150 bushels per acre, which is 18 bushels per acre above last year's final yield, and if realized, will break the Pennsylvania record for highest yield.

The current forecast of corn for grain production, at 165.0 million bushels and up 25 percent from last year, would also break the corn for grain production record.

Soybean acreage for harvest is set at 550,000 acres, up 30,000 acres from last year, and would be the most harvested acres in history. The expected yield is 50 bushels per acre, up 2 bushels from 2012. If realized, this would be the highest recorded yield for Pennsylvania soybeans in history, making a record production of 27.5 million bushels, which is 10 percent above last year’s production.