Nebraska’s harvest further along than 2019

By ELISE BALIN Star-Herald Oct 18, 2020 Updated Oct 18, 2020

corn field
Photo by Agustina Diale

My cmnt: I include this report from Scottbluff’s Star-Herald because we in this country pay so little attention to the annual crop harvest (and this is just from Nebraska) and seem to assume it will always happen like magic. Our nation’s food production is the envy of the world. We feed much of the world. This great bounty should be on everyone’s thanksgiving prayer list this Thanksgiving Day Nov 26. Never take it for granted! Thank God and thank a farmer (rancher, orchard-man, fisherman, et al.) and his wife and family. Also please note articles below this one. Record 2020 crops!

According to the USDA’s Oct. 13 crop progress report, majority of Nebraska crops continue to progress well ahead of last year’s data.

Corn

As of Oct.13, the USDA reports 96% of corn in Nebraska has reached maturity, 14% ahead of 2019 and 6% further along than the four year average. Of corn in the state, the USDA reports 34% of this year’s crop has been harvested, 16% further along than 2019 data and 22% ahead of the USDA four year average. According to the USDA, 46% of this year’s crop is in good condition, 23% in fair condition, 17% in excellent condition, 9% in poor condition and 5% in very poor condition.

Soybeans

According to the USDA, 100% of soybeans have reached dropped leaves, 10% ahead of 2019 growth data and 5% further along than the four year average. Of Nebraska grown soybeans, the USDA reports 82% of this year’s crop has been harvested, 58% ahead of last year’s harvest. The USDA reports 45% of this year’s soybean crop to be in good condition, 23% in fair condition, 18% in excellent, 10% in poor condition and 4% in very poor condition.

Sorghum

As of Oct. 13, the USDA indicates 95% of sorghum to have reached maturity, 15% ahead of last year’s data and 14% further along than the four year average. The USDA reports 31% of this year’s sorghum crop has been harvested, 23% ahead of 2019 and 8% further along than the four year average. The USDA indicates 42% of dry edible beans are in good condition, 26% in excellent condition, 18% in fair condition, 10% in poor condition and 4% in very poor condition.

Dry Edible Beans

The USDA reports 87% of this year’s dry edible bean harvest is complete, 2% ahead of that year’s harvest data.

Winter Wheat

According to the USDA, 89% of next year’s winter wheat crop has been planted, 4% behind 2019 data and 1% behind the four year average. The USDA reports this week’s percent of planting has progressed by 20% over the last week. Of winter wheat planted 60% of the crop has emerged, 1% ahead of 2019 data and 8% behind the USDA’s four year average.

Early Forecasts Indicate Record Nebraska Corn Harvest

August 13, 2020 USDA NASS – for CropWatch UNL

Based on August 1 conditions, Nebraska’s 2020 corn production is forecast at a record 1.80 billion bushels, up 1% from last year’s production, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Acreage harvested for grain is estimated at 9.45 million acres, down 4% from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 191 bushels per acre, up 9 bushels from last year.

Soybean production in Nebraska is forecast at 307 million bushels, up 8% from last year. Area for harvest, at 4.95 million acres, is up 2% from 2019. Yield is forecast at a record 62 bushels per acre, up 3.5 bushels from last year.

Nebraska’s 2020 winter wheat crop is forecast at 36.6 million bushels, down 34% from last year. Harvested area for grain, at 850,000 acres, is down 12% from last year. Average yield is forecast at 43 bushels per acre, down 14 bushels per acre from 2019.

Sorghum production of 11.2 million bushels, is down 8% from a year ago. Area for grain harvest, at 120,000 acres, is down 8% from last year. Yield is forecast at 93 bushels per acre, unchanged from last year.

Dry edible bean production is forecast at 2.90 million cwt, up 54% from last year. The average yield is forecast at 2,300 pounds per acre, up 360 pounds from last year. Acres planted by class are as follows: Pinto, 64,600; Great Northern, 42,800; Black, 5,600; Light Red Kidney, 15,700; All Other, (D). D is withheld to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.

Sugarbeet production is forecast at 1.48 million tons, up 39% from 2019. Area for harvest, at 45,800 acres is up 3,700 acres from last year. Yield is estimated at a record 32.4 tons per acre, up 7.0 tons from a year ago.

State farmers to harvest near record corn crop

World-Herald News Service Sep 24, 2020 – for Norfolk Daily News

Corn crop
Grand Island Independent

Earlier this month, the USDA announced, based on Sept. 1 conditions, Nebraska’s 2020 corn crop is forecast at 1.78 billion bushels, down slightly from last year’s production. Area harvested for grain, at 9.45 million acres, is down 4% from a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 188 bushels per acre, up 6 bushels from last year.

Nationwide, the USDA said corn production for grain is forecast at 14.9 billion bushels, down 2% from the previous forecast but up 9% from 2019. Based on conditions as of Sept. 1, yields are expected to average a record high 178.5 bushels per harvested acre, down 3.3 bushels from the previous forecast but up 11.1 bushels from last year. The area harvested for grain is forecast at 83.5 million acres, down 1% from the previous forecast, but up 3% from the previous year.

The forecast 1.78 billion bushel corn harvest is similar to the last two years, which each totaled 1.785 billion bushels. In 2012, the year Nebraska suffered through a major drought, farmers harvested 1.292 billion bushels, of which, 1.097 billion bushels came from irrigated ground.

Nebraska soybean conditions rated 5% very poor, 8% poor, 21% fair, 49% good and 17% excellent.

Soybeans dropping leaves was 82%, well ahead of the 46% last year and the 62% average. Harvested was 10%, which is ahead of the 4% average.

The USDA reported that state soybean production is forecast at 297 million bushels, up 5% from last year.

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