OTTAWA Eastern Ontario corn growers saw a small increase in yields for 2014 over 2013, while soybean growers saw a significant drop, according to numbers from Agricorp.
The average corn yield in Eastern Ontario in 2014 was 154.4 bushels per acre (with 78 per cent of the farms reporting), compared to 152.2 bu/ac in 2013. Thats the highest yield since farmers averaged 162.7 bu/ac in 2010.
Across Ontario, corn growers averaged 168 bu/ac in 2014 (with 60 per cent reporting), up from 160.5 bu/ac in 2013.
The five-year Eastern Ontario average from 2009 to 2013 was 146.6 bu/ac, while the Ontario average was 154.38 bu/ac.
The soybean numbers were a different story. Eastern Ontario growers averaged 39.43 bu/ac in 2014 (with 84 per cent of farmers reporting their numbers), compared with 45.6 bu/ac in 2013. If the numbers hold, 2014 would be the lowest yield since 2009, when yields were 38.5 bu/ac.
Across Ontario, soybean yields were at 45 bu/ac (with 79 per cent reporting), up from 45.3 bu/ac in 2013.
The five-year average in Eastern Ontario was 42.42 bu/ac, while the Ontario average was 44.58 bu/ac.