Based on October 1 conditions, Nebraska’s corn crop is forecast at 1.30 billion bushels, down 2 percent from last month and down 15 percent from last year, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Yield is forecast at 142 bushels per acre, down 3 bushels from last month and 18 bushels below last year. Harvested acreage was increased by 50,000 acres to 9.15 million, but still 5 percent below a year ago.
Soybean production is forecast at 203 million bushels, up 1 percent from September but down 22 percent from last year. Yield is forecast at 41 bushels per acre, up 1 bushel from last month and the lowest since 2003. Area for harvest was decreased 50,000 acres to 4.95 million, up 2 percent from 2011.
Sorghum production is forecast at 3.48 million bushels, down 22 percent from last month due to a decrease in harvested acres. This production is 47 percent below a year ago and the smallest since 1953. Yield, at 58 bushels per acre, is up 2 bushels from the previous month but 36 bushels below last year. Harvested acreage was decreased 20,000 acres to 60,000, down 10,000 acres from last year and smallest since 1937.
Sunflower production is down 58 percent due to reduced acreage and yield from a year ago making this the lowest total since 2002. Dry edible bean production is up 45 percent from last year due to an increase in acres and higher yield.
Sugarbeet production is up 18 percent from 2011, a result of a record high yield. Alfalfa hay production is forecast to be 30 percent lower and all other hay production is expected to be down 29 percent from a year ago.
Acreage updates to planted and harvested acres from levels published in the September Crop Production Report were made based on a review of administrative data.
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