Drought Takes Big Bite From Nebraska Yields and Grain Stocks

NASS says 2012 state corn crop lowest since 2006.

Published on: Jan 25, 2013

Nebraska Corn stocks in all positions on Dec. 1 totaled 957 million bushels, down 18% from a year earlier and the lowest in 10 years, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska field office.

Of the total stocks, 570 million bushels are stored on farms, down 22% from 2011. Off-farm stocks, at 387 million bushels, are down 11% from last year.

Soybeans stored in all positions on Dec. 1 2012 totaled 140 million bushels, down 30% from last year and lowest since 2003. On-farm stocks, at 42 million bushels, are down 33% from a year earlier. Off-farm stocks, at 98 million bushels, are down 29% from 2011.

 Wheat stored in all positions on Dec. 1 were 47.5 million bushels, down less than 1% from a year earlier. On-farm stocks, at 3.8 million bushels, are up 9% from 2011 while off-farm stocks, at 43.7 million bushels, are down 1 percent from a year earlier.

Drought Takes Big Bite From Nebraska Yields and Grain Stocks
Drought Takes Big Bite From Nebraska Yields and Grain Stocks

Sorghum stored in all positions on Dec. 1 totaled 3.6 million bushels, down 57% from 2011 and the lowest since 1953. On-farm stocks, at 700 thousand bushels, are down 59% from a year earlier and the lowest on record. Off-farm stocks, at 2.9 million bushels, are down 56% from last year and the lowest since 1956.

Hay stocks on Nebraska farms totaled 3.05 million tons, down 29% from a year earlier and the lowest since 1957. Year-end grain production totals also were released by the NASS Nebraska field office.

Corn for grain production in Nebraska, based on year-end surveys, is estimated at 1.29 billion bushels, down 16% from 2011 and smallest production since 2006. Yield of 142 bushels per acre is up 3 bushels from the November forecast, but still 18 bushels below last year. Farmers harvested 9.1 million acres of corn for grain, down 5% from 2011.

Soybean production for 2012 totaled 207 million bushels, down 21% from 2011. Yield, at 41.5 bushels per acre, is down 12.5 bushels from a year earlier and the lowest since 2003. Area for harvest, at 4.99 million acres, is up 3% from 2011.

Sorghum for grain production in 2012 is estimated at 3.5 million bushels, down 46% form 2011. Yield, at 59 bushels per acre, is down 35 bushels from a year earlier and the lowest since 2002. Area harvested for grain is 60,000 acres, down 10,000 acres from a year ago and the lowest sorghum for grain acreage since 1937.

Hay production totaled 4.07 million tons in 2012, down 28% from a year earlier.

Area harvested is 2.57 million acres, up 4% from 2011. The average yield, at 1.58 tons per acre, is down 0.69 ton per acre from 2011 and the lowest in 36 years. Alfalfa production is down 28% from a year earlier and all other hay production is down 27%.

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