While a report is projecting a 15.4 percent drop in corn production in Wisconsin this year because of drought conditions, area agronomists believe the numbers will be worse in the southern part of the state.

Landmark Services Cooperative agronomist Joe Speich said the U.S. Department of Agriculture's production estimate for the state that was released Friday combined good news for corn crops in the northern part of the state with the bad news in the southern part that has been hit hardest by the drought.

Speich said few corn fields in southern Wisconsin counties will get the 132 bushels per acre that the USDA is projecting. That would be down 24 bushels per acre from last year.

"I think the average we're penciling in for Evansville and the southern counties is roughly around 90 to 100" bushels an acre, Speich said. "I feel good about that number because I've been in a lot of fields. That's a solid number."

Mark Mayer, ag agent for the Green County UW-Extension, agreed with Speich's estimate and said at least 25 percent of the corn fields in Green County will get 25 bushels an acre or less. "We'll struggle to get to that 90 to 100 average yield," Mayer said.

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