While the final harvest yields of the 2015 growing season are yet to be tallied, a new book released by the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) and compiled by the Iowa office of the National Agricultural Statistics Services (NASS), shows that Iowa farmers continued to lead the nation in corn production in 2014, accounting for more than 14 percent of the corn crop.
The data, based on surveys and questionnaires completed by Iowa farmers from across the state, also show that Iowa’s 2014 soybean harvest was the second largest in the nation, accounting for nearly 12 percent of the nation’s soybean production. Additionally, Iowa moved into second place nationally in production of red meat.
“The 2014 ag statistics highlight just how much above average production was in 2014, especially in the southeastern part of the state,” said Dave Miller, IFBF director of research and commodity services. “Many counties in that part of the state recorded all-time record yields in both corn and soybeans.” Additionally, Miller noted the latest statistics show Iowa farmers have grown their livestock market share significantly in the last five years, specifically in cattle and hog receipts.
The 121-page book includes information regarding crops, livestock, farm economics, and county-specific data to help guide farmers’ planning and decision making for future years.
“The story behind the data is that Iowa farmers are providing consumers with abundant, wholesome, and diverse food choices while continuing to be efficient, producing more food using fewer resources which benefits the environment,” said Craig Hill, IFBF president. “This kind of productivity is not possible without innovating and being good stewards of the land. The 2015 Ag Stats book provides a great snapshot of the productivity of Iowa farmers growing and raising the food, fuel and fiber we all depend on.”
The book costs $11 and can be ordered from the Marketing and Communications Division, Iowa Farm Bureau, 5400 University Avenue, West Des Moines, Iowa 50266. Checks should be made payable to the Iowa Farm Bureau.