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Nebraska Dry Beans, Sugarbeets Forecast at Record Yields
Nebraska Ag Connection - 10/13/2017

Based on October 1 conditions, Nebraska's 2017 corn production is forecast at a record 1.68 billion bushels, down 1 percent from last year's production, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Area to be harvested for grain, at 9.30 million acres, is down 3 percent from a year ago. Yield is forecast at 181 bushels per acre, up 3 bushels from last year.

Sorghum for grain is forecast at 14.4 million bushels, down 19 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 150,000 acres, is down 14 percent from 2016. Yield is forecast at 96 bushels per acre, down 6 bushels from last year.

Soybean production is forecast at a record 316 million bushels, up 1 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 5.65 million acres, is 10 percent above 2016. Yield is forecast at 56 bushels per acre, down 5 bushels from last year.

Dry Edible Bean production is forecast at 4.11 million hundredweight, up 49 percent from 2016. Area for harvest, at 170,000 acres, is up 39 percent from last year. Record yield is forecast at 2,420 pounds per acre, up 150 pounds per acre from last year.

Sugarbeet production is forecast at 1.43 million tons, up 1 percent from 2016. Area for harvest, at 44,600 acres, is down 6 percent from last year. Record yield is forecast at 32.1 tons per acre, up 2.2 tons per acre from a year ago.

All Sunflower production is forecast at 56.0 million pounds, down 4 percent from last year. Acreage for harvest, at 42,000 acres, is up 3,000 from 2016. Yield is forecast at 1,333 pounds per acre, down 158 pounds per acre from a year ago. Of the acres for harvest, non-oil sunflowers account for 14,000 acres and oil sunflowers account for 28,000 acres.

Alfalfa hay production, at 3.23 million tons, is up 4 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 770,000 acres, is up 3 percent from a year ago. Record yield is forecast at 4.20 tons per acre, up 0.05 ton from 2016. All Other Hay production, at 2.72 million tons, is up 3 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 1.70 million acres, is unchanged from a year ago. Yield is forecast at 1.60 tons per acre, up 0.05 ton from 2016.

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