Weekly Outlook: A Review of USDA Crop Yield Forecasting Methodology

| Online Exclusive | Darrel Good and Scott Irwin

Even though a description of the NASS crop production forecast methodology is widely available, there always seems to be some misconceptions about how NASS makes corn and soybean yield forecasts. A brief overview of that methodology is repeated here. While this summary does not do full justice to the very comprehensive forecasting methodology, it is presented to assist in placing the upcoming yield forecasts in the proper perspective.

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