Corn for grain production in Nebraska based on year-end surveys is estimated at 1.54 billion bushels, up 5% from 2010 and the second largest production of record, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska field office.
Yield of 160 bushels per acre is unchanged from the November forecast, but 6 bushels below last year. Farmers harvested 9.6 million acres of corn for grain, up 8% from 2010 and the largest since 1933.
Soybean production for 2011 totaled 258 million bushels, down 3% from 2010 but still the third largest of record. Yield, at 53.5 bushels per acre, is up 1 bushel from a year earlier and second highest of record. Area for harvest, at 4.83 million acres, is down 5% from 2010.
Sorghum for grain production in 2011 is estimated at 6.6 million bushels, down 3% from 2010. Yield, at 94 bushels per acre, is up 4 bushels from a year earlier. Area harvested for grain is 70,000 acres, down 5,000 acres from a year ago and the lowest sorghum for grain acreage since 1937.
Hay production totaled 5.62 million tons in 2011, down 11% from a year earlier.
Area harvested is 2.48 million acres, down 8% from 2010. The average yield, at 2.27 tons per acre, is down 0.09 ton per acre from 2010. Alfalfa production is down 13 percent from a year earlier and all other hay production is down 9%.
Nebraska Corn stocks in all positions on Dec. 1, 2011, totaled 1.16 billion bushels, down 3% from a year earlier, according to NASS figures. Of the total stocks, 730 million bushels are stored on farms, down 1 from 2010. Off-farm stocks, at 433 million bushels, are down 5% from 2010 but still the third highest on record.
Soybeans stored in all positions on Dec. 1 totaled 200 million bushels, up 18% from last year. On-farm stocks at 63 million bushels are up 17% from a year earlier. Off-farm stocks at 137 million bushels are up 19% from 2010 and the highest on record.
Wheat stored in all positions on Dec. 1 totaled 47.7 million bushels, down 37% from a year ago. On-farm stocks, at 3.7 million bushels, are down 46% from 2010. Off-farm stocks, at 44 million bushels, are down 36% from a year earlier.
Sorghum stored in all positions on Dec. 1 totaled 8.3 million bushels, down 2% from 2010 and the lowest since 1956. On-farm stocks, at 1.7 million bushels, are unchanged from a year earlier and equal to the lowest since 1952. Off-farm stocks, at 6.6 million bushels, are down 3% from last year and the lowest since 1956.
Hay stocks on Nebraska farms totaled 4.3 million tons on Dec. 1, down 9% from a year earlier. Nebraska's winter wheat seedings for the 2012 crop are expected to total 1.4 million acres, according to NASS. Seedings are down 8%, or 120,000 acres, from last year and the smallest winter wheat planted acreage since records began in 1909.
Topsoil moisture supplies were mostly adequate in western counties as the planting period began. As of Jan. 1, winter wheat crop conditions rated 74% good and excellent, compared to 42% good and excellent a year ago.