USDA: Sept. 1 Estimated Nebraska Crop Production - UNL CropWatch, Sept. 13, 2013

USDA: Sept. 1 Estimated Nebraska Crop Production - UNL CropWatch, Sept. 13, 2013

September 13, 2013

Based on September 1 conditions, Nebraska's corn crop is forecast at 1.61 billion bushels, up 24% from last year, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Nationally, the crop is forecast at 13.8 billion bushels, up 28% from 2012. It would set a new record for the nation's corn crop.

In Nebraska acreage harvested for grain is estimated at 9.80 million acres, up 8% from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 164 bushels per acre, up 22 bushels from last year.

Nationally, area harvested for grain is forecast at 89.1 million acres, unchanged from the August forecast but up 2% from 2012. Yields are expected to average 155.3 bushels per acre, up 0.9 bushels from the August forecast and 31.9 bushels above the 2012 average. If realized, this will be the highest average yield since 2009.

Nebraska soybean production in Nebraska is forecast at 223 million bushels, 8% above last year. Area for harvest, at 4.75 million acres, is down 5% from 2012. Yield is forecast at 47 bushels per acre, up 5.5 bushels from last year.

Nationally, Soybean production is forecast at 3.15 billion bushels, down 3% from August but up 4% from last year. If realized, production will be the fourth largest on record. Based on September 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 41.2 bushels per acre, down 1.4 bushels from last month but up 1.6 bushels from last year. Area for harvest in the United States is forecast at 76.4 million acres, unchanged from August but up slightly from 2012.

Sorghum yield is forecast at 62 bushels per acre, up 3 bushels from last year. Production of 4.96 million bushels is up 40% from a year ago.

Sugarbeet production is forecast at 1.30 million tons, down 11% from last year. Yield, at 29.5 tons per acre, is down from 29.8 tons an acre in 2012.