Nebraska Soybean Production up 4% from '16, Corn Down 2%

Nebraska Soybean Production up 4% from '16, Corn Down 2% November 9, 2017

Based on November 1 conditions, Nebraska's 2017 corn crop is forecast at 1.66 billion bushels, down 2% from last year's production, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Area to be harvested for grain, at 9.30 million acres, is down 3% from a year ago. Yield is forecast at 179 bushels per acre, up 1 bushel from last year.

Nationally corn production is forecast at 14.6 billion bushels, down 4% from last year but up 2% from the October forecast. Based on conditions as of November 1, yields are expected to average 175.4 bushels per acre, up 3.6 bushels from the October forecast and up 0.8 bushel from 2016. If realized, this will be the highest yield on record for the United States. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 83.1 million acres, unchanged from the previous estimate but down 4% from 2016.

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

Nationally, soybean production is forecast at a record 4.43 billion bushels, down less than 1% from October but up 3% percent from last year. Based on November 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 49.5 bushels per acre, unchanged from last month but down 2.5 bushels from last year. Area for harvest in the United States is forecast at a record high 89.5 million acres, unchanged from last month.

Sorghum production is forecast at 14.4 million bushels, down 19% from last year. Area for harvest, at 150,000 acres, is 14% below 2016. Yield is forecast at 96 bushels per acre, down 6 bushels from last year.

Sugarbeet production is forecast at 1.44 million tons, up 2% from last year. Area for harvest, at 44,600 acres, is down 6% from 2016. Record yield is forecast at 32.3 tons per acre, up 2.4 tons from last year.

Potato acres of 19,000 were planted in 2017, up 15% with harvest set at 18,900 acres, up 15%. Production is forecast at 8.88 million cwt, up 20% from last year. Yield is estimated at 470 cwt per acre, up 20 cwt from last year.