Corn forecast: down 19 percent

Posted October 18, 2012 at 10:45 am


• Not surprisingly, Iowa’s 2012 corn production is forecast to be down 19 percent from 2011, at 1.92 billion bushels, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The Oct. 1 bushel-per-acre forecast remained at 140, which was the figure forecast the previous month, and 32 bushels below last year.

The lowest figures come from South Central District, which is forecast at 92 bushels per acre. The highest is the Northwest District, at 157. The East Central District has a forecast slightly higher than the state average, at 143.

Soybean production across the state is forecast to be the lowest since 2003, according to the NASS. Based on Oct. 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 43 bushels per acre. That’s up 4 bushels from the September forecast, but down 8.5 bushels from 2011.

The highest district forecast is the Central at 48; the lowest is South Central at 36. The East Central forecast is at 45.5.

• People who need to be recertified as Pork Quality Assurance Plus Advisors under the National Pork Board’s PQA Plus program are reminded of an upcoming session in Ames, according to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

The Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University is hosting the morning session on Nov. 19, which will run concurrently with an initial daylong PQA Plus certification session. James McKean, IPIC associate director and ISU Extension swine veterinarian, is coordinating both trainings that will be held in the Ensminger Room in Kildee Hall on the Iowa State campus. The sessions will be taught by ISU animal science and veterinary medicine faculty members who are certified PQA Plus trainers.

“The recertification session is limited to the first 30 participants who preregister and pay the recertification fee of $50 per person,” McKean said. “Preregistration ensures the necessary materials will be available for each participant, so no walk-ins will be accepted.”

The registration form for recertification is available at and is due with the $50 fee by Nov. 5. Those who wish to become certified for the first time need to download, complete and submit the two-page application form available online at The form also is available by fax by calling Sherry Hoyer at IPIC at 515-294-4496.

More information is available by calling the National Pork Board at 800-456-PORK.