Search

 

Member Login

{{message}}

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

{{header}}

{{message}}

  • {{ error }}

Mississippi Soybean Farmers Are Excellent Producers

According to NASS, the estimated average soybean yield for Mississippi in 2016 will be 48 bu/acre. This compares favorably to the 5-year state average yield of 47.5 bu/acre.

Mississippi soybean production, acres and yield, 2012-2016.

Year

Acres harvested–millions

Yield–bu/acre

2012

1.95

45.0

2013

1.99

46.0

2014

2.19

52.0

2015

2.27

46.0

2016 

2.03

48.0

Average

2.09

47.5

Some are calling this an average or respectable crop. The average designation is correct when compared to the 5-year average, but the projected average yield of 48 bu/acre is more than respectable–it is exceptional. And here are the reasons.

    In each of the last 5 years, the state average yield has been above 45 bu/acre. This period of consistency is exceptional.

    In the last 5 years, this average has been achieved on roughly the same amount of acres in the state.

    Compared to the often low and usually erratic soybean yields from year to year over the last several decades in Mississippi, the 2016 projected average yield of 48 bu/acre is exceptional and the consistency of the annual average over the last 5 years is equally exceptional.

    When compared to the national average soybean yield (NASS) over the same 5-year period, Mississippi’s average yield of 47.5 bu/acre is slightly higher than the national average of 46.3 bu/acre over that period.

So, in spite of the usual issues of disease and insect pressure, concerns about water conservation, and controlling herbicide-resistant weeds, Mississippi producers continue to achieve soybean yields that are exceptional.

After being involved with Mississippi soybeans since 1975, I can honestly say that the above figures represent an exceptional accomplishment.

I laud the producers and their supporting infrastructure partners for this exemplary, exceptional accomplishment.

[And yes, I used the word “exceptional” 7 times in this short article, and that was intentional].

Composed by Larry G. Heatherly, Nov. 2016, larryheatherly@bellsouth.net