USDA NASS Forecasts Record/Top Yields for Most Crops

USDA NASS Forecasts Record/Top Yields for Most Crops

Based on October 1 conditions, Nebraska's 2017 corn production is forecast at 1.68 billion bushels, down 1% 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 181 bushels per acre, up 3 bushels from last year.

Soybean production is forecast at a record 316 million bushels, up 1% from last year. Area for harvest, at 5.65 million acres, is 10% above 2016. Yield is forecast at 56 bushels per acre, down 5 bushels from last year.

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

Dry edible bean production is forecast at 4.11 million hundredweight, up 49% from 2016. Area for harvest, at 170,000 acres, is up 39% from last year. Record yield is forecast at 2,420 pounds per acre, up 150 pounds per acre from last year.

Sugarbeet production is forecast at 1.43 million tons, up 1% from 2016. Area for harvest, at 44,600 acres, is down 6% from last year. Record yield is forecast at 32.1 tons per acre, up 2.2 tons per acre from a year ago.

All sunflower production is forecast at 56.0 million pounds, down 4% from last year. Acreage for harvest, at 42,000 acres, is up 3,000 from 2016. Yield is forecast at 1,333 pounds per acre, down 158 pounds per acre from a year ago. Of the acres for harvest, non-oil sunflowers account for 14,000 acres and oil sunflowers account for 28,000 acres.

Alfalfa hay production, at 3.23 million tons, is up 4 from last year. Area for harvest, at 770,000 acres, is up 3% from a year ago. Record yield is forecast at 4.20 tons per acre, up 0.05 ton from 2016. All other hay production, at 2.72 million tons, is up 3% from last year. Area for harvest, at 1.70 million acres, is unchanged from a year ago. Yield is forecast at 1.60 tons per acre, up 0.05 ton from 2016.