Nebraska Wheat Crop Down 12% from Last Year - UNL CropWatch

Nebraska Wheat Crop Down 12% from Last Year - UNL CropWatch

May 11, 2011

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Based on May 1 conditions, Nebraska's 2011 winter wheat crop is forecast at 56.7 million bushels, down 12% from last year’s crop, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field office.

Average yield is forecast at 42 bushels per acre, down 1 bushel from last year but 1 bushel above the ten-year average.

Acreage to be harvested for grain is estimated at 1.35 million acres, down 140,000 acres or 9% from last year. This would be 90% of the planted acres, below last year and the 10-year average. The May 1 wheat condition was rated 47% good to excellent, below both last year and average. Crop development was about one week behind normal due to cool temperatures during April.

As of May 1, subsoil moisture supplies were below last year and the five-year average.

Hay stocks on May 1 were at 1.3 million tons and the largest since 2005. They are up 34% from last year and 27% over the 10-year average.

To see data for other states, access the national publication.

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