How does what you paid for harvest labor compare with what others in the Northern Plains Region paid during the October survey week. For 2018, the average was $15.49, up 7% from 2017. Laborers worked an average of 47.4 hours that week.
Based on November 1 conditions, Nebraska's 2018 corn crop is forecast at 1.80 billion bushels, up 7% from last year's production. Soybean production is forecast at 345 million bushels, up 6% from last year.
By late Sunday, 65% of Nebraska's corn had been harvested, equal to last year, and behind 72% for the five-year average. Soybean harvest was 90% done, near 94% last year, and behind the five-year average of 96%.
As of Sunday 74% of the state's soybeans were harvested and 47% of its corn, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, who reported five days were suitable for field work during the previous week.
Nebraska's harvest slowed last week with just 1.3 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service Oct. 15 report. In both corn and soybean, 80% of the crop was rated good to excellent.