2018 Crop Reports

Corn Harvest 23% Done, Soybeans, 36%

October 9, 2018

In the week ending October 7, there were just 3.2 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service Crop Progress and Condition report for Nebraska.

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Combining corn at sunset
What a beautiful dry day for combining corn until sunset. (Photo by Ryan Loseke)

Harvest Progress: 27% of Soybeans, 17% of Corn

October 1, 2018
As weather allowed, crop harvest continued and was slightly ahead of the five-year average, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service Sept. 30 report.

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USDA NASS: Nebraska Grain Stocks

September 28, 2018
Nebraska soybean stocks are up 77% from a year ago while corn stocks are down 19%, according to Friday's Grain Stock Report from USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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Figure 1. Representatives of the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service view sugarbeet harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle near Morrill. (Photo by Gary Stone)
Figure 1. Representatives of the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service observe sugarbeet harvest at a farm in the Nebraska Panhandle near Morrill. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Foreign Ag Representatives View Nebraska Farms First-Hand

September 27, 2018
A group of 27 foreign agriculture attachés from 23 countries recently visited several ag production sites in Nebraska, including a farm near Morrill where sugarbeet harvest was underway.

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USDA NASS: Corn, Soybean Maturity Ahead of Normal

September 27, 2018

Corn condition rated 2% very poor, 4% poor, 12% fair, 51% good, and 31% excellent, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service Nebraska crop condition report for the week ending Sept. 23. Corn dented was 98%, near 96% for last year and the five-year average. Approximately 69% of the crop was mature, ahead of 52% last year and the five-year average of 53%.

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Nebraska map showing departure from normal precipitation

A Recap of Weather and Its Effects on the 2018 Crop Season

September 20, 2018
Weather data and trends from April through August are reported here and help explain what you're seeing from the cab this fall.

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Nebraska Potato Production up 22% from Previous Year

September 14, 2018

Final production for the 2017 Nebraska potato crop totaled 9.03 million cwt, up 22% from 2016, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Planted acres for 2017 totaled 19,000, up 15% from 2016. Harvested area, at 19,000 acres, was up 16% from the previous year. Yield for all potatoes averaged 475 cwt in 2017, 25 cwt per acre higher than the 2016 average yield.

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Composite photo of corn, soybean, and sorghum plants at harvest
Figure 1. USDA NASS forecasts record corn, soybean, sorghum, and sugarbeet yields for Nebraska.

Corn and Soybean Forecast for Record Yields, Production

September 12, 2018
USDA forecasts record yields for Nebraska corn, soybean, sorghum and sugarbeet and record production for corn and soybean. Nationally, corn is forecast up 2% from 2017 and soybean, up 7%.

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