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Nebraska Forecast to Harvest 9 Percent Less Wheat
Nebraska Ag Connection - 05/11/2018

Based on May 1 conditions, Nebraska's 2018 winter wheat crop is forecast at 42.6 million bushels, down 9 percent from last year's crop, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Average yield is forecast at 43 bushels per acre, down 3 bushels from last year. Acreage to be harvested for grain is estimated at 990,000 acres, down 30,000 acres from last year. This would be 93 percent of the planted acres, above last year's 91 percent harvested.

U.S winter wheat production is forecast at 1.19 billion bushels, down 6 percent from 2017. As of May 1, the United States yield is forecast at 48.1 bushels per acre, down 2.1 bushels from last year.

May 1 Nebraska hay stocks of 720,000 tons are down 45 percent from last year.

All hay stored on United States farms May 1, 2018, totaled 15.7 million tons, down 36 percent from a year ago. Disappearance from December 1, 2017 - May 1, 2018, totaled 70.6 million tons, compared with 71.4 million tons for the same period a year earlier.

Lower production in 2017, coupled with a higher cattle inventory as of January 1, 2018, has reduced the available hay stocks on May 1, 2018, compared to the same time last year. April snow in the Northern Plains, and dry pasture conditions stretching from the Southwest to the Southern Plains, have extended supplemental feeding, further reducing available hay stocks.

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