Corn acres up 9% to 10 million acres
Nebraska producers increased acreage planted to corn and sugarbeets from a year ago, while decreasing acres planted to soybeans, winter wheat, hay, sorghum, dry edible beans, oats, sunflowers and proso millet, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office.
Nebraska corn growers planted 10.0 million acres for all purposes in 2011, up 9% from last year and the largest total since 1933.
Biotechnology varieties accounted for 93% of the planted acreage, up 2% from a year ago.
Soybean producers planted 4.75 million acres, down 8% from the previous year. Biotechnology varieties resistant to herbicides accounted for 97% of the planted acreage, up from 94% last year.
Last fall, winter wheat was sown on 1.5 million acres, down 6% from 2010. Area for harvest, at 1.4 million, is down 6% from 2010.
Sorghum growers planted 135,000 acres, 13% less than 2010 and the lowest planted area since 1930.
Alfalfa hay acreage for harvest, at 850,000, is down 4% from last year and the lowest total since 1943. Other types of hay, at 1.7 million acres, are down 6% from a year earlier.
Dry edible bean producers planted 125,000 acres, down 26% from a year earlier. Oat seedings, at 80,000 acres, are down 11% from 2010. Proso Millet plantings are down 33% from a year ago.
Sunflower acres of 48,000 are down 23% from 2010. Sugarbeet plantings of 53,000 acres are up 3,000 acres from last year.