Ag economist maps 2012 drought using state corn yields

By Susanne Retka Schill | February 20, 2013

Comparing last year’s corn yields to the trend yielded an interesting map of the drought of 2012. “The U.S. dodged a bullet with the 2012 drought,” wrote University of Illinois ag economist Gary Schnitkey in the FarmDocDaily. “Much lower total supplies would have resulted had the center of the drought occurred in eastern Iowa and northern Illinois.”

The map highlights how the lowest yields were in Kentucky (47 percent of trend) and Missouri (53 percent) and Indiana and Illinois came in at about 62 percent of trend. Much of the rest of Corn Belt saw yields around 75 percent of the trend line. Most states in the Southeast had above trend yields and Minnesota and North Dakota had yields close to trend.