USDA Nebraska Crop Production Forecast
Based on September 1 conditions, Nebraska's 2020 corn crop is forecast at 1.78 billion bushels, down slightly from last year's production, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Area harvested for grain, at 9.45 million acres, is down 4% from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 188 bushels per acre, up 6 bushels from last year.
Soybean production is forecast at 297 million bushels, up 5% from last year. Area for harvest, at 4.95 million acres, is up 2% from 2019. Yield is forecast at 60 bushels per acre, up 1.5 bushels from a year ago.
Sorghum for grain production of 11.2 million bushels is down 8% from a year ago. Area for harvest, at 120,000 acres, is down 8% from 2019. Yield is forecast at 93 bushels per acre, unchanged from last year.
Sugarbeet production is forecast at 1.40 million tons, up 31% from 2019. Area for harvest, at 45,800 acres, is up 9% from last year. Yield is forecast at 30.6 tons per acre, up 5.2 tons from a year ago.
Dry edible pea production is forecast at 680 thousand cwt, up 2% from a year ago. Area for harvest, at 34,000 acres, is up 17% from 2019. Yield is forecast at 2,000 pounds per acre, down 300 pounds from last year.
Special Note - The forecasts in this report are based on conditions as of September 1. Any potential impacts from the below freezing temperatures that occurred after September 1 will be reflected in future reports.