UNL CropWatch Jan. 19, 2011 USDA Reports Nebraska’s 2010 Crop Production

UNL CropWatch Jan. 19, 2011 USDA Reports Nebraska’s 2010 Crop Production

Jan. 19, 2011

Corn for grain production in Nebraska based on year-end surveys is estimated at 1.47 billion bushels, down 7% from last year’s record high, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Yield of 166 bushels per acre is 12 bushels below last year but equal to the second highest of record. Farmers harvested 8.85 million acres of corn for grain, unchanged from 2009.

Soybean production for 2010 totaled 268 million bushels, up 3% from last year and a record high. Yield, at 52.5 bushels per acre, is down 2 bushels from last year but still second highest of record. Area for harvest, at 5.1 million acres, is up 7% from 2009.

Sorghum for grain production in 2010 is estimated at 6.8 million bushels, down 48% from last year. Yield, at 90 bushels per acre, is down 3 bushels from 2009. Area harvested for grain was 75,000 acres, down 65,000 acres from a year ago and the lowest sorghum for grain acreage since 1947.

Hay production totaled 6.35 million tons, up 2% from the previous year. Area harvested is 2.69 million acres, virtually unchanged from 2009. The average yield, at 2.36 tons per acre, is up 0.05 ton per acre from last year.

Alfalfa production is up 1% from a year ago and all other hay production is up 3%.

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