2017 Crop Reports

Corn and soybean fields

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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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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Corn being harvested

Corn Harvest Makes Good Progress in Last Week, Now Near Average

November 13, 2017

With mostly dry conditions Nebraska's corn harvest made good progress in the last week and was estimated to be 86% complete, up considerably from the 68% reported last week and near the five-year average of 90%. Last year 92% had been harvested at this point in the season.

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Extension Crop Reports

November 10, 2017

Tyler Williams, Extension Educator in Lancaster County: Harvest is rapidly progressing with most of the soybeans out and about 70% of the corn out.  Corn yields have been very good and soybean yield reports have been fairly average. I haven't seen much movement of anhydrous applicators or fieldwork, but that should get rolling any day.  (11/7/2017)

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Nebraska Soybean Production up 4% from '16, Corn Down 2%

November 9, 2017
Based on November 1 conditions, Nebraska's 2017 corn crop is forecast at 1.66 billion bushels, down 2% from last year's production. The soybean crop is now forecast at a record 328 million bushels, up 4% from last year.

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Corn Harvest at 68%; Soybean at 95%

November 6, 2017
As of Nov. 6 USDA NASS estimated Nebraska corn harvest was 68% complete, behind 82% last year and 81% for the five-year average. Soybeans harvested was 95%, equal to last year, and near the five-year average of 98%.

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Corn harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle, Oct. 30, 2017.
Corn harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle, Oct. 30, 2017. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Harvest Progress in the Panhandle

October 31, 2017
Corn harvest in the Panhandle has been progressing for several weeks now. Yields have been 80-100 bushels per acre on dryland and 160–220 bushels per acre irrigated. Dry bean harvest is almost done, but regular sugar beet harvest has slowed due to the wide fluctuation in temperatures.

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Combine harvesting corn

Corn Harvest at 45% Lags Average; Soybeans 89% Done

October 30, 2017
At 45%, Nebraska's corn harvest still lags last year (66%) and the five-year average (67%) will be slowed further in areas where high winds last week downed cornstalks and ears. Soybean harvest, however, is 89% done and near short- and longer term averages. Dry edible bean harvest was 96% done, but sorghum harvest was 47% done, well behind average.

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