LINCOLN — Nebraska farmers planted more acres of corn and fewer acres of soybeans in 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
The 10 million acres of corn is up 4 percent from 2018, with 9.54 million to be harvested for grain and 96 percent planted to biotechnology varieties.
The estimated 5 million acres planted to soybeans is down 12 percent from last year. Of that total, 95 percent were planted with herbicide-resistant seed and 4.95 million acres are expected to be harvest.
A record low 1.07 million acres of wheat were planted last fall, down 3 percent from 2018, with 970,000 acres expected to be harvested.
There are an estimated 230,000 acres planted to sorghum, the same as in 2018, with an estimated 165,000 acres to be harvested for grain.
Alfalfa acres to be harvested for dry hay are estimated at 900,000, up 6 percent, while another 1.6 million acres of other hay is expected to be cut as dry hay, down 14 percent.