Nebraska corn yields, production look to be second-largest on record

Nebraska Corn Board notes that if realized, a yield of 170 bushels per acre and production of 1.51 billion bushels would be second only to last year’s bumper crop.

LINCOLN, NE – In its crop report today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast average Nebraska corn yields at 170 bushels per acre, the second-highest yields on record – behind only last year’s extraordinary 178-bushel average.

In 2008, corn yields averaged 163 bushels, while yields in 2007 were 160 bushels per acre.

“Should those yield estimates hold through harvest, Nebraska farmers will produce a 1.51 billion bushel crop this year,” said Kelly Brunkhorst, director of research for the Nebraska Corn Board. “That would be the second-largest crop in state history and behind last year’s record 1.58 billion bushels.”

Brunkhorst said while USDA did lower its yield estimate for Nebraska – down from its 179 bushels per acre estimate in September – reports from fields make it clear that 179 bushels was perhaps too optimistic for the state this year. “While we had pretty good weather overall in Nebraska, a couple of weeks of hot weather right after pollination may have taken the top off yields a bit. Yet 170 bushels per acre is pretty darn good, obviously, when you consider it’s the second-highest ever.”

Nationally, USDA estimated yields at 155.8 bushels per acre, below last year’s record of 164.7. If realized, that would put the U.S. corn crop at 12.7 billion bushels. As forecast both those figures would be the third-largest on record.

“While the yield reduction appears to tighten the corn market a bit, we’re confident about the current supply picture,” Brunkhorst said. “At the same time, we’ll have good supplies of other corn products, including some 4.2 million tons of distillers grains being produced by Nebraska ethanol plants this year alone.”

The Nebraska Corn Board is a self-help program, funded and managed by Nebraska corn farmers. Producers invest in the program at a rate of 1/4 of a cent per bushel of corn sold. Nebraska corn checkoff funds are invested in programs of market development, research and education.

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