Lincoln, NE – Based on May 1 conditions, Nebraska’s 2016 winter wheat crop is forecast at 61.3 million bushels, up 33 percent from last year’s crop, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Average yield is forecast at 49 bushels per acre, up 11 bushels from a year earlier. If realized this would tie the record yield from 2014.
Acreage to be harvested for grain is estimated at 1.25 million acres, up 40,000 acres from a year ago. This would be 93 percent of the planted acres, above last year’s 81 percent harvested.

May 1 hay stocks of 1.45 million tons are up 16 percent from last year.

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