USDA predicts Nebraska’s second-largest corn cropLINCOLN, 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.