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Positive Outlook for Nebraska Winter Wheat Production Based on Latest Estimates
Nebraska Ag Connection - 05/25/2023

According to the Nebraska Crop Production Report released on May 12 by the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), estimates for winter wheat production in Nebraska indicate a positive outlook for the current year. These figures, though preliminary, provide valuable insights into the anticipated harvest.

The report forecasts an increase in harvested acres of winter wheat for grain, potentially reaching a total of 970,000 acres. This represents a significant rise of 150,000 acres compared to the previous year. Furthermore, based on the conditions observed on May 1, winter wheat production is estimated to yield approximately 33 million bushels, reflecting a 26% increase compared to last year's crop. The average yield forecast stands at 34 bushels per acre, a 2-bushel increase from 2022.

The Nebraska Crop Progress and Condition report, also released by NASS on May 1, sheds light on the current state of winter wheat conditions. Ratings indicate that 18% of the crop is classified as very poor, 33% as poor, 35% as fair, 12% as good, and 2% as excellent.

In terms of moisture supplies, the report reveals that topsoil moisture conditions in Nebraska were reported as 37% very short, 41% short, 22% adequate, and 0% surplus on May 1. Similarly, subsoil moisture supplies were rated as 45% very short, 38% short, 17% adequate, and 0% surplus.

While these estimates and conditions provide only a snapshot of the current situation, they indicate a promising potential for winter wheat production in Nebraska. As the season progresses, farmers and stakeholders will closely monitor the crop's development, anticipating favorable yields and contributing to the state's agricultural success.

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