Corn production in Nebraska based on conditions Aug. 1 is forecast at 1.07 billion bushels, 6% above 2000, according to Nebraska Agricultural Statistics Service.
The increase in production is attributed to improved moisture conditions this year. Acreage to be harvested for grain, at 7.9 billion acres, is down 2% from last year. Average yield is forecast at 136 bushels per acre, 10 bushels above last year, but down nine bushels from the record high 1998 crop. Southeastern counties showed the greatest improvement from last year, nearly 20 bushels per acre above 2000. The state forecast yield is six bushels above the 10-year average and the average planting date was five days later than 2000.
Irrigated corn production is forecast to yield 158 bushels per acre, up four bushels from last year. The 2001 irrigated acreage for harvest represents 57% of the total corn acreage and accounts for 66% of the total corn for grain production forecast.
Dryland corn yield is forecast at 107 bushels per acre, 23 bushels above last year. Significant dryland yield improvement over last year was noted in most regions of the state, except the east central district, where rainfall during June and July was below normal.
Soybean production on Nebraska farms is forecast at a record high 198 million bushels, 14% above last year and 10% above the previous record set in 1999. A record high planted acreage of 4.9 million is up 5% from last year, or 250,000 acres. Acres for harvest, at 4.825 million, also are a record high. Yield is forecast at 41 bushels per acre, up three bushels from 2000.
Nebraska's 2001 winter wheat crop is forecast at 66 million bushels, unchanged from last month and 12% over last year's crop. Average yield is forecast at 39 bushels per acre, unchanged from last month, but three bushels above last year. Acreage for grain, at 1.7 million, is unchanged from last month.
Sorghum yield is forecast at 85 bushels per acre, up 15 bushels from last year, with a production forecast of 38 million bushels.
Oat production is forecast at 3.6 million bushels, nearly double the drought reduced crop of 2000. Forecast yield of 55 bushels per acre is up 13 bushels from a year ago.
Sugar beet production of 939,000 tons is down 16% from 2000.
Dry edible bean production, at 3 million cwt., is down 7% from last year.
Alfalfa hay production is forecast at 7.3 million tons, up 20% from last year. All other hay production is up 25%.