Nebraska's 2013 Corn Production of 1.62 Billion Bushels a Record

Soybean production last year up 22% from drought-year of 2012.

Published on: Jan 20, 2014

Based on year-end surveys, Nebraska's 2013 corn production was estimated at a record high 1.62 billion bushels, up 26% from 2012, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska field office. Yield of 170 bushels per acre was up 28 bushels from last year and the second highest of record.

Farmers harvested 9.55 million acres of corn for grain, up 5% from 2012 and the second largest harvested acreage since 1933.

Soybean production for 2013 totaled 252 million bushels, up 22% from 2012. Yield, at

53 bushels per acre, is up 11.5 bushels from a year earlier. Area for harvest, at 4.76 million acres, was down 5% from 2012.

Sorghum for grain production in 2013 was estimated at 9.38 million bushels, more than double last year's production. Yield, at 67 bushels per acre, is up 8 bushels from a year earlier. Area harvested for grain, at 140,000 acres, is more than double a year ago.

Nebraskas 2013 Corn Production of 1.62 Billion Bushels a Record
Nebraska's 2013 Corn Production of 1.62 Billion Bushels a Record

Alfalfa production of 2.42 million tons is up 6 percent from a year earlier. The average yield, at 3.45 tons per acre, is up 1/2 ton per acre from last year. Area harvested for dry hay, at 700,000 acres, is down 9% from 2012. Seedings of alfalfa during 2013 totaled

140,000 acres, up 17% from the year earlier.

All other hay production, at 2.52 million tons, was up 40% from 2012. The average yield, at 1.40 tons per acre, is up 0.40 ton per acre from last year. Area harvested of other dry hay is 1.80 million acres, unchanged from a year ago.

Total forage production from alfalfa and other hay was 5.06 million tons in 2013, up 20% from the previous year.

Proso millet production in 2013 was estimated at 4.58 million bushels, near seven times last year's production. Yield, at 32 bushels per acre, was up 20 bushels from a year earlier. Area harvested for grain, at 143,000 acres, was more than two times that of 2012.

Oil sunflower production in 2013 was 21.7 million pounds, up 5 percent from last year. Yield, at 850 pounds per acre, was up 150 pounds from a year earlier. Area harvested, at 25,500 acres, is down 14% from 2012. Non-oil sunflower production of 13.0 million pounds is near double last year. Yield, at 1,000 pounds per acre, is up 100 pounds from a year earlier. Area harvested, at 13,000 acres, is up 78% from 2012.

Sugarbeet production of 1.31 million tons was down 10% from 2012. Yield, at 29.7 tons per acre, is down 0.10 ton from the record high set a year earlier. Area harvested, at 44,200 acres, was 10% less than 2012.

Dry edible bean production of 2.75 million hundredweight, was down 14% from a year ago. Yield, at 2,350 pounds per acre, was down 50 pounds from a year earlier. Area harvested, at 117,000 acres, was down 12% from 2012.

Potato production was 8.42 million hundredweight, down 19% from last year. Yield, at a record high 460 hundredweight per acre, was up 15 pounds from a year earlier. Area harvested, at 18,300 acres, was down 21 percent from 2012.

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