BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Corn Growers Association President Justin Durdan, a farmer from Utica, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Crop Production Report.
“Today’s Crop Production Report finalizing yields, usage and ending stocks for 2016 was basically unchanged from the December estimate, so no surprises for corn farmers. Production at 174.6 bushels per acre in the U.S. is a record-setting number, with the Illinois yield of 197 bushels per acre the second highest in our history. Usage held almost steady for feed use, ethanol use, and exports.
“Illinois corn farmers should be excited to see the 2016 usage numbers compared to 2015. We have increased exports considerably, and see increases in feed and ethanol use as well. With a larger carryout number and a higher production, ICGA knows that we need to continue working on markets and building demand to utilize the corn that our members are growing each year. We’re making that a priority.”