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Nebraska crop yields down in 2022

NASS reports find that crop yields were down across the board, especially corn and sorghum.

December 27, 2022

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IN THE HOPPER: No matter what the crop was in 2022, Nebraska farmers harvested less of it per acre than in 2021. High winds, drought and extreme weather played a role in those results.Curt Arens

Nebraska’s 2022 corn crop is forecast at 1.56 billion bushels, down 16% from last year, based on the November report from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Area harvested for grain was forecast at 9.3 million acres, down 3% from 2021. That is also off from the 2022 Nebraska Acreage report released by NASS on June 30, which estimated planted acres for all purposes at 9.7 million — and an estimated 9.4 million acres to be harvested.

The corn yield forecast from the November report was at 168 bushels per acre, down 26 bushels per acre from 2021.

Here is a look at yields for other crops in the state:

Soybeans. Soybean production, based on the November report, is forecast at 285 million bushels, down 19% from last year. The area for harvest, at 5.70 million acres, is up 2% from 2021. The yield is forecast at 50 bushels per acre, down 13 bushels.

Sorghum. Sorghum production is forecast at 16.4 million bushels, down 17% from last year. Area for harvest, at 265,000 acres, is up 15% from 2021. Yield is forecast at 62 bushels per acre, down 24 bushels from last year.

Winter wheat. Winter wheat production is estimated at 26.2 million bushels, down 36% from last year, according to the Sept. 30 report from NASS. The area harvested for grain totaled 820,000 acres, down 2% from 2021. Planted acreage totaled 980,000, up 7% from a year earlier. The yield is 32 bushels per acre, down 17 bushels from last year.

Sugarbeets. Sugarbeet production is forecast at 0.975 million tons, down 30% from last year, according to the November NASS report. Area for harvest, at 39,000 acres, is down 11% from 2021. Yield is forecast at 25 tons per acre, down 6.9 tons from last year.

Potatoes. 20,000 acres were planted in 2022, up 5%. Harvested acreage, set at 19,900 acres, is up 5%. Production is forecast at 9.55 million cwt, up 3% from last year. Yield is forecast at 480 cwt per acre, down 10 cwt from last year.

Oats. Oat production is estimated at 918,000 bushels, down 37% from 2021, from the Sept. 30 NASS report. Area harvested for grain, at 18,000 acres, is down 31% from last year. Planted acreage totaled 125,000, up 4% from a year earlier. Average yield is 51 bushels per acre, down 5 bushels from 2021.

Learn more at nass.usda.gov.

Source: NASS

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