Yield Declines

Estimated soybean averaged yield for North Dakota taken as a whole for the 2017 growing season is 35 bushels an acre, down nearly 7 bushels per acre for the record yield from 2016.   Corn estimated average yield for North Dakota is 134 bushels per acre down 24 bushels per acre for the record set in 2016 as well.  Lack of water is the easiest way to explain why yields were down this past year, but temperatures were also cooler than 2016 which would mean fewer growing degree days, plus an often overlooked statistic is that this past summer was a bit cloudier than last year, also a yield loser.  2018 may also not be a productive as 2016.

Daryl Ritchison