The corn condition rating is above average and far above last year. But, analysts say, the early July condition ratings are a poor indicator of final yields. Analysis of historical data shows a poor correlation between early July conditions and final yields. However, the relationship suggests a 2009 corn yield of 157 bushels per acre. That would exceed the 153.9 bushel average in 2008 and the 150.7 bushel average in 2007. The 2008 crop saw 78.6 million acres harvested to produce a total of 12.1 billion bushels. The 2007 crop saw 86.5 million acres harvested to produce a total of 13 billion bushels. USDA projects this year will see 80 million harvested acres, which would produce a corn crop of about 12.5 billion bushels.