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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.