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Published July 09, 2010, 10:29 AM

Latest Nebraska wheat forecast raises 2010 figure

LINCOLN, Neb. — The latest forecast for Nebraska’s winter wheat says the harvest will be 9 percent under last year — a point better than the number issued last month.

LINCOLN, Neb. — The latest forecast for Nebraska’s winter wheat says the harvest will be 9 percent under last year — a point better than the number issued last month.

In a news release Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicted Nebraska farmers will produce 69.9 million bushels of winter wheat this year, based on July 1 conditions. Land to be harvested for grain is estimated at 1.52 million acres, which is down 5 percent from 2009.

The average yield forecast is 46 bushels an acre, two bushels below last year’s record high.

In an earlier weekly report, the USDA said that as of Sunday, about 13 percent of the state’s wheat had been harvested, compared with 24 percent average by the date.

On the Net: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

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