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Nebraska Eyeing Record Corn and Soybean Harvests
Nebraska Ag Connection - 11/09/2018

Based on November 1 conditions, Nebraska's 2018 corn crop is forecast at 1.80 billion bushels, up 7 percent from last year's production, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Area to be harvested for grain, at 9.25 million acres, is down 1 percent from a year ago. Yield is forecast at 195 bushels per acre, up 14 bushels from last year. Both yield and production are record highs if realized.

Sorghum production is forecast at 15.8 million bushels, up 32 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 155,000 acres, is 15 percent above 2017. Yield is a record, forecast at 102 bushels per acre, up 13 bushels from last year.

Soybean production is forecast at 345 million bushels, up 6 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 5.65 million acres, is slightly below 2017. Yield is forecast at 61 bushels per acre, up 3.5 bushels from last year. Both yield and production are record highs if realized.

Sugarbeet production is forecast at 1.41 million tons, down 2 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 44,200 acres, is down 2 percent from 2017. Yield is a record, forecast at 31.8 tons per acre, unchanged from last year.

Potato acres of 19,500 were planted in 2018, up 3 percent. Harvested acreage set at 19,300, up 2 percent. Production is forecast at 9.46 million cwt, up 5 percent from last year. Yield is a record, forecast at 490 cwt per acre, up 15 cwt from last year.

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