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Corn yield forecasts for Minnesota in 2015

Jeff Coulter, Extension Corn Agronomist

A Yield Forecasting Center (YFC) has been established at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in collaboration with agronomists and extension educators from universities throughout the Corn Belt.

In 2014, corn yield forecasts were released at two-week intervals during the growing season. Forecast locations mainly focused on Nebraska and a few additional states across the Corn Belt. In 2015, the YFC has expanded the network of collaborators to include the 10 major corn producing states (NE, IA, IL, SD, KS, IN, OH, MO, MN, WI) and will provide bi-weekly forecasts of corn yield for 45 locations to achieve more detailed spatial coverage of the Corn Belt during the 2015 crop season.

Separate forecasts will be provided for irrigated and dryland corn, depending upon prevalence of the two water regimes at each location. These forecasts will be released starting in July and running until the end of the season. Information regarding the methodologies used in the YFC to forecast corn yield, along with guidelines for interpreting the results, are available at:
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