Nebraska corn growers intend to plant 9.40 million acres this year, down 6% from 2013, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service's Nebraska field office.
Soybean planted acreage is expected to be a record high 5.40 million acres, up 13% from last year. All hay acreage to be harvested is expected to total 2.45 million acres, down 2% from last year's acreage. Winter wheat seeded in the fall of 2013 are estimated at 1.50 million acres, up 2% from last year.
Dry edible bean acreage intentions are estimated at 180,000 acres, up 38% from 2013. Sorghum growers in Nebraska intend to plant 160,000 acres, down 44% from a year ago. Oat intentions are estimated at 100,000 acres, down 33% from last year, according to NASS.
Sugarbeet acres are expected to be 48,000 acres, up 4% from last year.
NASS projects that sunflower producers will plant 33,000 acres, down 23% from 2013. Oil type varieties of sunflowers account for 25,000 acres, down 11% from a year ago. Non-oil varieties made up the balance of 8,000 acres, down 47%.
Estimates in this report are based on a survey conducted during the first two weeks of March. Find agricultural statistics for Nebraska, individual counties and the nation at www.nass.usda.gov .