USDA Crop Production Report

USDA Crop Production Report

Based on September 1 conditions, Nebraska's 2014 corn crop is forecast at 1.57 billion bushels, down 4% from last year, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Nationally, both the corn and soybean crops would set new yield records if projections hold true.

Nebraska corn acreage harvested for grain is estimated at 8.75 million acres, down 8% from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at a record high 179 bushels per acre, up 9 bushels from last year.

Nationally, the corn crop is forecast at 14.4 billion bushels, up 3% from both the August forecast and from 2013. Based on conditions as of September 1, yields are expected to average 171.7 bushels per acre, up 4.3 bushels from the August forecast and 12.9 bushels above the 2013 average. If realized, this will be the highest yield and production on record for the United States. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 83.8 million acres, unchanged from the August forecast but down 4% from 2013.

Soybean production in Nebraska is forecast at a record high 284 million bushels, 12% above last year. Area for harvest, at 5.35 million acres, is up 12% from 2013. Yield is forecast at 53 bushels per acre, unchanged from a year ago.

Nationally, soybean production is forecast at a record 3.91 billion bushels, up 3% from August and up 19% from last year. Based on September 1 conditions, yields are expected to average a record high 46.6 bushels per acre, up 1.2 bushels from last month and up 3.3 bushels from last year. Area for harvest in the United States is forecast at a record 84.1 million acres, unchanged from August but up 11% from last year.

Sorghum production of 7.30 million bushels is down 22% from a year ago. Area for grain harvest of 100,000 acres is down 29% from last year. Yield is forecast at 73 bushels per acre, up 6 bushels from last year.

Sugarbeet production is forecast at 1.36 million tons, up 4% from 2013. Area for harvest, at 46,000 acres, is up 4% from last year. Yield is estimated at 29.6 tons per acre, down slightly from the 29.7 tons of a year ago.