Producers can expect a typical corn yield this year, according to the survey annually conducted by the University of Illinois Extension.
This year’s corn yield survey predicted an average of 185.5 bushels per acre across Montgomery County, slightly below last year’s prediction of 187.5 bushels per acre but slightly above the 184.9 nine-year average (excluding the 2012 drought year).
To determine the predicted yield, volunteers sample fields in each township in the county–still seperating Fillmore and South Fillmore. Township predictions ranged from a high of 210.6 bushels per acre in Raymond and 209.5 in Pitman, both in the northwest part of the county, to lows of 166.2 forecast in South Litchfield in the southwest, and 167.0 in South Fillmore in the southeast.
This year’s volunteers were the board of directors from the Montgomery County Farm Bureau: President Jay Niemann of South Litchfield Township, Vice President Dennis Hand of Fillmore Consolidated, Treasurer Adam Anderson of Butler Grove, Secretary Justin German of Audubon, Brad Young of East Fork, Chad Millburg of Pitman, Don Murphy of Harvel, Joe Pope of Raymond, Kevin DeVries of Walshville, Kris Reynolds of Rountree, Lynn Black of Hillsboro, Mark Knodle of Witt, Matt Stolte of Nokomis, Paul Beeler of Zanesville, Randy Singler of Irving, Robert Coleman of Grisham, Tom Elmore of Bois D’Arc, and Tyler Helgen of North Litchfield.
Dr. Talon Becker, Commercial Ag Extension Educator for the University of Illinois, compiled the data.
Anyone interested in volunteering for or sponsoring future yield surveys should contact the Montgomery County Extension Office at 217-532-3941.