LINCOLN, NE, June 30, 2014 – Nebraska corn growers planted 9.3 million acres, down 7 percent from last year, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Biotechnology varieties were used on 96 percent of the area planted, up 3 percentage points from a year ago. Growers expect to harvest 8.75 million acres for grain, down 8 percent from last year.
Soybean planted area is estimated at a record high 5.4 million acres, up 13 percent from last year’s total.
Of the acres planted, 95 percent were planted with genetically modified, herbicide resistant seed. Acres expected to be harvested are 5.35 million, up 12 percent from a year earlier.
Winter wheat seeded in the fall of 2013 totaled 1.5 million acres, up 2 percent from last year. Harvested acreage is forecasted at 1.4 million acres, up 24 percent from a year ago.
Alfalfa hay acreage to be cut for dry hay is 720,000 acres, up 3 percent from 2013. Other hay acreage to be cut for dry hay is 1.65 million acres, down 8 percent from last year.
Sorghum acreage planted and to be planted, at 150,000 acres, is down 47 percent from a year ago. The area to be harvested for grain, at 100,000 acres, is down 29 percent from last year.
Oats planted acres declined to 120,000 acres, down 20 percent from the previous year. Area to be harvested for grain, at 45,000 acres, is up 20,000 acres from a year ago.
Dry edible bean planted acres increased to 175,000 acres, up 35 percent from last year. Harvested acres are estimated at 161,000 acres, up 38 percent from previous year.
Proso millet plantings of 125,000 acres are down 22 percent from a year ago.
Sugarbeet planted acres, at 48,000, are up 2,000 acres from last year.
Oil sunflower acres planted decreased to 25,000, down 3,000 acres from last year. Non-oil sunflower planted acreage is estimated at 10,000 acres, down from 15,000 acres a year ago.
Fall potato acres planted increased to 19,000 acres, up 500 acres from previous year. Harvested acreage is forecasted at 18,700 acres, up 400 acres from the year earlier.
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