LINCOLN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has announced 2018 crop production totals based on year-end surveys.

The numbers for Nebraska show an estimated record high 1.79 billion bushels of corn, up 6 percent from 2017, and record high 333 million bushels of soybeans, up 2 percent from 2017.

Highlights by crop include:

- Corn — Record average yield of 192 bushels per acre, up 11 bushels; 9.31 million acres harvested for grain, up slightly; and 9.6 million overall corn acres, up 1 percent.

- Soybeans — Average yield of 59 bushels per acre, up 1.5 bushels; 5.65 million acres for harvest, down slightly; and 5.7 million total planted acres unchanged.

- Sorghum — An estimated 16 million bushels, up 38 percent; average yield of 94 bushels per acre, up 5 bushels; 170,000 acres harvested for grain, up 31 percent; and 230,000 total planted acres, up 50,000.

- Alfalfa hay harvested — 3.66 million tons, up 8 percent; average yield, a record high 4.3 tons per acre, up 0.35 of a ton; 850,000 harvested acres, down 1 percent; and 2018 seedings, 120,000 acres, down 30,000 acres.

- All other hay harvested — Record-high 3.33 million tons, up 30 percent; record high average yield of 1.80 tons, up 0.25 of a ton; 1.85 million harvested acres, up 12 percent.

The NASS also reported on grain stocks as of Dec. 1, 2018, including:

- Corn — Total 1.45 billion bushels, with 910 million on farms and 539 million off farms.

- Soybeans — Total, 298 million bushels, with 120 million on farms and 178 million off farms.

- Wheat — Total, 62.1 million bushels, with 3.7 million on farms and 58.4 million off farms.

- Sorghum — Total, 11.7 million bushels, with 2.8 million on farms and 8.91 million off farms.

- Hay — Total, 4.5 million tons.