LINCOLN, NE, September 11, 2015 — Based on September 1 conditions, Nebraska’s 2015 corn crop is forecast at 1.64 billion bushels, up 2 percent from last year, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Acreage harvested for grain is estimated at 8.90 million acres, down 1 percent from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at a record high 184 bushels per acre, up 5 bushels from last year.
Soybean production in Nebraska is forecast at a record high 288 million bushels, up slightly from last year. Area for harvest, at 5.15 million acres, is down 4 percent from 2014. Record yield is forecast at 56 bushels per acre, up 2 bushels from a year ago.
Sorghum production of 21.6 million bushels is up 64 percent from a year ago. Area for grain harvest of 220,000 acres is up 38 percent from last year. Yield is forecast at 98 bushels per acre, up 16 bushels from last year. This would tie the record yield set in 1994.
Sugarbeet production is forecast at 1.23 million tons, down 8 percent from 2014. Area for harvest, at 47,000 acres, is up 2 percent from last year. Yield is estimated at 26.2 tons per acre, down 2.9 tons from a year ago.
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