Lincoln, NE – Based on July 1 conditions, Nebraska’s 2016 winter wheat crop is forecast at 60.0 million bushels, up 32 percent from last year’s crop, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Average yield is forecast at 50 bushels per acre, up 12 bushels from a year earlier. If realized this would be a new record yield.

Acreage to be harvested for grain is estimated at 1.20 million acres, down 10,000 acres from a year ago.

This would be 94 percent of the planted acres, above last year’s 81 percent harvested.

Oats production is forecast at 2.60 million bushels, down 3 percent from 2015. Yield, at 65 bushels per acre, is forecast to be down 2 bushels per acre from a year ago. Acreage for harvest, at 40,000 acres, is unchanged from last year.

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