Nebraska 2020 Annual Crop Production Summary

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Nebraska 2020 Annual Crop Production Summary

Corn for grain production in Nebraska based on year-end surveys is estimated at a record high 1.79 billion bushels, up slightly from 2019, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Yield of 181 bushels per acre is down 1 bushel from last year. Farmers harvested 9.89 million acres of corn for grain, up 1% from 2019. Corn for silage production is 4.94 million tons, up 7% from last year. Silage yield of 19.0 tons per acre is down 4.0 tons from last year. Corn for silage harvested acreage of 260,000 acres is up 60,000 acres from last year. Corn acreage planted for all purposes is 10.2 million acres, up 1% from last year.

Soybean production for 2020 totaled 294 million bushels, up 4% from 2019. Yield, at 57.0 bushels per acre, is down 1.5 bushels from a year earlier. Area for harvest, at 5.16 million acres, is up 7% from 2019. Planted acreage totaled 5.20 million acres, up 6% from last year.

Sorghum for grain production in 2020 is estimated at 13.7 million bushels, up 13% from 2019. Yield, at 91.0 bushels per acre, is down 2.0 bushels from a year earlier. Area harvested for grain, at 150,000 acres, is up 15% from 2019. Sorghum for silage production is 180,000 tons, down 70% from last year. Silage yield of 12.0 tons per acre is up 2.0 tons from last year. Sorghum for silage harvested acreage of 15,000 acres is down 45,000 acres from last year. Sorghum acreage planted for all purposes is 195,000 acres, down 5,000 acres from last year.

Alfalfa hay production, at 3.27 million tons, is down 9% from a year earlier. The average yield, at 3.80 tons per acre, is unchanged from 2019. Area harvested, at 860,000 acres, is down 9% from 2019. Alfalfa haylage and greenchop production, at 231,000 tons, is up 13% from last year. Average yield, at 6.60 tons per acre, is up 2.50 tons per acre from last year. Area harvested, at 35,000 acres, is down 15,000 acres from last year. Seedings of alfalfa during 2020 totaled 100,000 acres, down 40,000 acres from a year earlier.

All other hay production, at 3.10 million tons, is up 25% from last year. The average yield, at 1.65 tons per acre, is unchanged from last year. Area harvested, at 1.88 million acres, is up 25% from 2019. All other haylage and greenchop production, at 122,000 tons, is down 16% from last year. Average yield, at 6.10 tons per acre, is up 0.30 ton per acre from last year. Area harvested, at 20,000 acres, is down 5,000 acres from last year.

Proso millet production in 2020 is estimated at 3.00 million bushels, down 9% from last year's production. Yield, at 24.0 bushels per acre, is down 7.0 bushels from a year earlier. Area harvested for grain, at 125,000 acres, is up 18% from 2019. Area planted, at 130,000 acres, is up 13% from last year.