The number of Nebraska farms and ranches declined in 2017, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. At 47,400, it was down 1,000 farms from 2016. Numbers of farms and ranches in Nebraska with less than $100,000 in agricultural sales decreased 700 farms from a year earlier while operations with more than $100,000 in agricultural sales decreased 300 farms.
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.
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.
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.
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.