USDA Projects Big Boost in Illinois Soybean Production

The U.S. Agriculture Department projects the state's soybean production at 433.4 million bushels. That would be a 16 percent increase over last year's short harvest of 374.1 million bushels.

Last year's crop was hurt by a hot, dry August that hit during prime development time for soybeans. This year, there was more moisture in the ground heading into this month, which so far has been cooler than normal.

The USDA says based on August 1 conditions, soybeans in Illinois are expected to yield about 44 bushels per acre on average. That would be more than seven bushels better than last year's 36.5 bushels per acre.