The estimate was up sharply from the record-high estimate of 188 bpa
by the U.S. Agriculture Department. It also was the third straight
record corn yield forecast by Pro Farmer after tour estimates
earlier this week in Indiana and Ohio.
The crop tour, which does not estimate soybean yields, pegged the
average number of soybean pods in a 3-by-3-foot area in Illinois at
1,299.17, up both from last year's estimate of 1,115.97 and the
three-year tour average of 1,085.35.
Illinois is the second-largest corn and soybean producing state
behind Iowa. The tour will estimate production for Iowa on Thursday.
(Reporting by Michael Hirtzer; Editing by Ken Wills)
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