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Winter Wheat Acreage at New Low January 12, 2018

Nebraska winter wheat seeded area for 2018 is estimated at 1.03 million acres, down from 1.12 million acres last year, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service reported January 12. If realized, this would be a new record low. The previous low had been the 2017 acreage.

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Corn & Soybean Stocks Up from Last Year January 12, 2018

Nebraska corn stocks in all positions on December 1, 2017 totaled 1.46 billion bushels, up 3% from 2016, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Of the total, 910 million bushels are stored on farms, up 5% from a year ago. Off-farm stocks, at 551 million bushels, are down slightly from last year.

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2017 Crop Production Summary for Nebraska - USDA NASS January 12, 2018

USDA NASS released its crop production totals for 2017, with soybean at 326 million bushels setting a record high at 4% over 2016. Corn for grain production at 1.68 billion bushels was down 1% from 2016. Sorghum was down 33% from 2016.

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2017 USDA Census of Agriculture is Underway December 15, 2017

Producers in Nebraska have started receiving the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted once every five years, the census aims to get a complete and accurate picture of American agriculture.

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USDA NASS: County Level Wheat Estimates Now Available December 14, 2017

County-level estimates for 2017 small grain acreage, yield and production are now available, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The estimates, based primarily on surveys conducted with farmers and ranchers last fall, can be accessed using

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NASS Reports Winter Wheat Condition 59% Good to Excellent November 27, 2017

Precipitation was limited and temperatures were warm (averaging 6-15 degrees above normal across the state), allowing for many areas to wrap up corn harvest, according to the November 27 report from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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Corn Harvest Nears Completion; Wheat Condition Good November 20, 2017

Corn harvest was 93% complete as of Sunday and near the five-year average of 95%, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service report for the week ending November 19.

Temperatures averaged near normal across eastern Nebraska, but six to ten degrees above normal in the west. Precipitation was limited, allowing good conditions for harvest.

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Number of Farm Workers Increases; Farm Wages Decrease November 17, 2017

In the Northern Plains Region (Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota) 36,000 workers were directly employed by farm operators on farms and ranches during the week of July 9-15, up 6% from the July 2016 reference week, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Workers numbered 40,000 during the week of October 8-14, up 18% from the October 2016 reference week.

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