Nebraska 2012 Wheat Production Smallest In 10 Years

Average yield in the state, at 41 bushels per acre, is the lowest since 2006.

Published on: Oct 9, 2012

The final 2012 production for Nebraska wheat totaled 53.3 million bushels, 18% below last year's crop and the smallest volume since 2002, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office.

Area harvested for grain, at 1.3 million acres, is 150,000 less than last year. Average yield in Nebraska, at 41 bushels per acre, is 4 bushels below last year and the lowest since 2006, NASS figures show.

Oat production in Nebraska during 2012 totaled 1 million bushels, 21% below the 2011 crop and the smallest production since 1868. Planted acreage, at 75,000, is 25% above 2011. Area harvested for grain, at 18,000 acres, is 2,000 below the level set a year ago. Yield, at 57 bushels per acre, is down 8 bushels from last year.

Nebraska 2012 Wheat Production Smallest In 10 Years
Nebraska 2012 Wheat Production Smallest In 10 Years

Wheat stored in all positions, as of Sept. 1, totaled 62.0 million bushels, down 21% from a year ago. On-farm stocks of 7.7 million bushels are down 8% from 2011. Off-farm stocks, at 54.3 million bushels, are down 22% from last year.

Grain stocks
Old crop corn stocks in all positions, as of Sept.1, totaled 93.9 million bushels, down 21% from Sept. 1 of 2011. That is the lowest since 1996, according to the Nebraska field office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Of the total stocks, 28 million bushels are stored on farm, up 17% from a year ago.

Off-farm holdings of 65.9 million bushels are down 31% from 2011.

 Old crop soybeans stored in all positions totaled 17.7 million bushels, up 15% from last year. On-farm stocks totaled 2.9 million bushels, up 16% from 2011. Off-farm stocks of 14.8 million bushels are up 15% from last year's holdings.

Old crop sorghum stored in all positions totaled 1.2 million bushels, down 32% from last year and the lowest since 1957. On-farm stocks of 200,000 bushels are unchanged from a year ago, and off-farm stocks, at 987,000 bushels, are down 37 percent from 2011 and the lowest since 1957.

You can find agricultural statistics for your county, Nebraska or the nation at www.nass.usda.gov/.