2008 Nebraska Wheat Yields 73.5 Million Bushels, Down 13%

2008 Nebraska Wheat Yields 73.5 Million Bushels, Down 13%

October 3, 2008

USDA Small Grain Report

The final 2008 estimate for Nebraska wheat production totaled 73.5 million bushels, 13% below last year's crop but 20% above two years ago, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Average yield in Nebraska is estimated at 44 bushels per acre, unchanged from the August forecast but one bushel above last year. Area harvested for grain, at 1.67 million, is 30,000 acres below the August forecast and 290,000 less than last year.

Oat production in Nebraska during 2008 totaled 2.45 million bushels, 3% above the 2007 crop. Planted acreage, at 95,000 acres, is down 21% from 2007. Harvested acreage for grain, at 35,000 acres, is unchanged from the level set a year ago. Yield, at 70 bushels per acre, is up two bushels from last year.

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Nebraska Field Office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service