LINCOLN, NE, August 12, 2013 -- Based on August 1 conditions, Nebraska's corn crop is forecast at 1.58 billion bushels, up 22 percent from last year, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Acreage harvested for grain is estimated at 9.80 million acres, up 8 percent from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 161 bushels per acre, up 19 bushels from last year.

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

Nebraska’s 2013 winter wheat crop is forecast at 41.8 million bushels, unchanged from the July 1 forecast, and the smallest production since 1944. Average yield is forecast at 36 bushels per acre, unchanged from last month but down 5 bushels from last year and the lowest since 2006.

Sorghum yield is forecast at 66 bushels per acre, up 7 bushels from last year. Production of 5.28 million bushels is up 49 percent from a year ago.

Oat production is forecast at 2.88 million bushels, up 14 percent from last month and the largest since 2005. Yield is forecast at 72 bushels per acre, up 9 bushels per acre from last month.

Dry edible bean production is down 21 percent from last year.

Sugarbeet production is down 15 percent from 2012.

Alfalfa hay production is forecast to be 8 percent above last year. All other hay production is up 16 percent.

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