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Nebraska Corn, Soybean Production Forecast at Record Highs
Nebraska Ag Connection - 08/11/2017

Based on August 1 conditions, Nebraska's 2017 corn production is forecast at a record high of 1.74 billion bushels, up 2 percent from last year's production, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Acreage harvested for grain is estimated at 9.50 million acres, down 1 percent from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 183 bushels per acre, up 5 bushels from last year.

Soybean production in Nebraska is forecast at a record high of 328 million bushels, up 4 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 5.65 million acres, is up 10 percent from 2016. Yield is forecast at 58 bushels per acre, down 3 bushels from last year.

Nebraska's 2017 Winter wheat crop is forecast at 46 million bushels, down 35 percent from last year. Harvested area for grain, at 1.00 million acres, is down 24 percent from last year. Average yield is forecast at 46 bushels per acre, down 8 bushels per acre from 2016.

Sorghum production, of 10.1 million bushels, is down 43 percent from a year ago. Area for grain harvest, at 110,000 acres, is down 37 percent from last year. Yield is forecast at 92 bushels per acre, down 10 bushels from last year.

Oat production is forecast at 1.50 million bushels, unchanged from last year. Harvested area for grain, at 25,000 acres, is unchanged from last year. Yield is forecast at 60 bushels per acre, unchanged from 2016.

Dry edible bean production is forecast at 4.37 million cwt, up 58 percent from last year. The average yield is forecast at a record high of 2,570 pounds per acre, up 300 pounds from last year. Acres planted by class are as follows: Pinto, 98,000; Great Northern, 56,000; Black, 8,600; Light Red Kidney, 11,000; Chickpeas, 5,200; All Other, 6,200.

Sugarbeet production is forecast at 1.57 million tons, up 11 percent from 2016. Area for harvest, at 48,400 acres, is up 1,200 acres from last year. Yield is estimated at a record high of 32.4 tons per acre, up 2.5 tons from a year ago.

Alfalfa hay production is forecast at 2.93 million tons, down 6 percent from last year. Expected yield, at 3.80 tons per acre, is down 0.35 ton from last year. All other hay production is forecast at 2.21 million tons, down 16 percent from last year. Forecasted yield, at 1.30 tons per acre, is down 0.25 ton from last year.

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