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Published August 12, 2010, 10:56 AM

USDA predicts Nebraska’s second-largest corn crop

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska farmers are expected to harvest their second-largest corn crop ever.

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska farmers are expected to harvest their second-largest corn crop ever.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday that the state’s corn crop is expected to yield 1.54 billion bushels. That would be 2 percent smaller than last year’s record crop.

The corn yield is predicted to hit a record high of 180 bushels per acre, which is 2 bushels above last year’s high.

The USDA says Nebraska farmers planted 3 percent fewer acres of corn this year than in 2009.

The USDA also says above-normal rainfall this year helped improve the yield in dryland areas.

Nebraska’s soybean crop is forecast to grow 9 percent over last year, to a record 284 million bushels. Soybean yield is expect to be 53 bushels per acre, which is the second-highest ever.

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