NEBRASKA CROP PRODUCTION REPORT

Lincoln, NE – Based on August 1 conditions, Nebraska’s 2016 corn production is forecast at a record high of 1.76 billion bushels, up 4 percent from last year, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Acreage harvested for grain is estimated at 9.40 million acres, up 3 percent from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 187 bushels per acre, up 2 bushels from last year and the highest on record.

Soybean production in Nebraska is forecast at a record high of 310 million bushels, up 1 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 5.25 million acres, is down slightly from 2015. Yield is forecast at a record high of 59 bushels per acre, up 1 bushel from last year.

Nebraska’s 2016 winter wheat crop is forecast at 63.6 million bushels, up 38 percent from last year. Harvested area for grain, at 1.20 million acres, is down 1 percent from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at a record high of 53 bushels per acre, up 15 bushels per acre from 2015.

Sorghum production of 14.0 million bushels is down 39 percent from a year ago. Area for grain harvest, at 150,000 acres, is down 38 percent from last year. Yield is forecast at 93 bushels per acre, down 3 bushels from last year.

Oat production is forecast at 2.52 million bushels, down 6 percent from last year. Harvested area for grain, at 40,000 acres, is unchanged from last year. Yield is forecast at 63 bushels per acre, down 4 bushels from 2015.

Dry edible bean production is forecast at 3.15 million cwt, up 1 percent from last year. The average yield is forecast at 2,350 pounds per acre, down 30 pounds from last year. Acres planted by class are as follows: Pinto, 88,900; Great Northern, 38,300; Black, 6,700; Light Red Kidney, 4,300; Chickpeas, 3,100; Navy, 1,000; All Other, 2,700.

Sugarbeet production is forecast at 1.52 million tons, up 15 percent from 2015. Area for harvest, at 47,000 acres, is up slightly from last year. Yield is estimated at a record high of 32.4 tons per acre, up 4.0 tons from a year ago.

Alfalfa hay production is forecast at 3.04 million tons, down 11 percent from last year. Expected yield, at 3.80 tons per acre, is down 0.2 ton from last year. All other hay production is forecast at 3.06 million tons, up 3 percent from last year. Forecasted yield, at a record high of 1.70 tons per acre, is up 0.1 ton per acre from last year.