USDA Projection: Nebraska Wheat Harvest to Drop 2%

USDA Projection: Nebraska Wheat Harvest to Drop 2%

June 12, 2009

Based on June 1 conditions, Nebraska's 2009 winterwheat crop is forecast at 72.0 million bushels, down 2% from last year's crop, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office.

Average yield isforecast at 45 bushels per acre, up 3 bushels from last month and 1 more than last year.Acreage to be harvested for grain is estimated at 1.60 million acres, unchanged from lastmonth but down 4% from a year ago.

Precipitation since April 1 has been above normal in the northwest and southwest butbelow normal across the remainder of the state. As of May 31, crop conditions rated 76%good and excellent compared to 63% a year earlier. Crop development was near normal at67% headed.

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