Four Grain Journal readers won $100 for their predictions on the size of the U.S. 2018 corn, soybean, and sorghum crops. Two contest participants tied on the size of the sorghum crop.
Participants were asked to predict the size of each crop. The contest closed on April 27, 2018.
Winners were judged using the U.S. Department of Agriculture 2018 Crop Summary report, which was released Feb. 8.
Corn: Michael Barger, EHC Coordinator at East Kansas Agri-Energy, Garnett, KS. He predicted 14.39 billion bushels. Actual production was 14.4 billion bushels.
Soybeans: Michael McNinch, Head of Agronomy at Maplehurst Farms, Amboy, IL. He predicted 4.513 billion bushels. Actual production was 4.54 billion bushels.
Sorghum (tie): Casey Jones, Project Mgr. at CGB, Tulsa, OK predicted 362 million bushels. Also, Jason Berkland, Commercial Underwriting Dir. at Nationwide, Des Moines, IA predicted 368 million bushels. Actual production was 365 million bushels.