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Planted corn acres down 7% from ’13

Nebraska corn growers planted 9.3 million acres, down 7% from last year, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Biotechnology varieties were used on 96% of the area planted, up 3 percentage points from a year ago.
    Growers expect to harvest 8.75 million acres for grain, down 8% from last year.
    Soybean planted area is estimated at a record high 5.4 million acres, up 13% from last year’s total.
    Of the acres planted, 95% were planted with genetically modified, herbicide resistant seed. Acres expected to be harvested are 5.35 million, up 12% from a year earlier.
    Winter wheat seeded in the fall of 2013 totaled 1.5 million acres, up 2% from last year. Harvested acreage is forecasted at 1.4 million acres, up 24% from a year ago.
    Alfalfa hay acreage to be cut for dry hay is 720,000 acres, up 3% from 2013. Other hay acreage to be cut for dry hay is 1.65 million acres, down 8% from last year.
    Sorghum acreage planted and to be planted, at 150,000 acres, is down 47% from a year ago. The area to be harvested for grain, at 100,000 acres, is down 29% from last year.
    Oats planted acres declined to 120,000 acres, down 20% from the previous year. Area to be harvested for grain, at 45,000 acres, is up 20,000 acres from a year ago.
    Dry edible bean planted acres increased to 175,000 acres, up 35% from last year. Harvested acres are estimated at 161,000 acres, up 38% from previous year.
    Proso millet plantings of 125,000 acres are down 22% from a year ago.
    Sugarbeet planted acres, at 48,000, are up 2,000 acres from last year.
    Oil sunflower acres planted decreased to 25,000, down 3,000 acres from last year. Non-oil sunflower planted acreage is estimated at 10,000 acres, down from 15,000 acres a year ago.
    Fall potato acres planted increased to 19,000 acres, up 500 acres from previous year. Harvested acreage is forecasted at 18,700 acres, up 400 acres from the year earlier.

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