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2009 Corn Yield Prospects Continue to Improve

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The purpose of this brief is to update our previous evaluation of yield potential for corn in Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa in 2009. (Irwin, Good, and Tannura, 2009b). This update makes use of a crop weather model that estimates the impact of technology (trend), state average monthly weather variables, and portion of the crop planted late on state average yield. Previously, that model was used to evaluate 2009 yield potential based on planting progress, state average precipitation through June 2009, and alternative 2009 July-August weather scenarios. This update incorporates preliminary state average precipitation and temperature for July and alternative weather scenarios for August 2009.1 The yield forecasts for the three states are then used to project the U.S. average yield. Trend yields for 2009 for each of the three states and the U.S. are also presented. It should be noted at the outset that average July temperatures for 2009 were well below the coldest July in the sample of historical observations used to estimate the crop weather model. This may reduce the  ability of the model to accurately reflect the impact of July 2009 temperature on yield potential.

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