2021 US Corn Belt Crop Tour



2021 Summary of the State of Nebraska

Day 5: July 3, 2021

10th Annual US Corn Belt Crop Tour Summary of the State of Nebraska

The 2021 10th Annual U.S. Corn Belt Crop tour in the state of Nebraska on day 5, July 3, 2021, was sunny with a high of 26 Celsius. We started southeast in Blue Springs, traveled north to Malcolm, and west to Seward before we ran out of daylight. We were not able to travel to the northeast corner of the state.

65-75% of the state is irrigated, with the remaining acres dryland. When talking to local farmers many were able to plant fast and early with most done planting by mid-May. Through our travels we were able to confirm that Nebraska is the “garden spot” on tour thus far as it was not exhibiting any moisture or heat stress. But the creek bottom dryland and sandy ground will need timely rains to hold the potential to break 2018 record corn yields at 192 bpa with local totals at 250-270 bpa. Crops are much better looking than last year when we saw yellow soybeans, pineapple corn and late planted dry corn in western NE.

Dryland needs to catch timely rains during pollination to get past the triple digit heat that is expected to return. Topsoil moisture at 58% (adequate-surplus) is up 8% from last year, while subsoil moisture at 54% is down 7% from 2020 at 61% (adequate-surplus). The drought in Nebraska has improved since the start of 2021.

90-Day Departure from Normal Precipitation Chart for July 9, 2021

State of Nebraska 90 Day precipitation map

State of Nebraska Drought Classification Maps

The state of Nebraska will be contributing to the U.S. national average yield in both corn and soybeans. We still need more timely rains for dryland crops and a great finish to hold the potential for a new record at 200+ bpa in corn and soybeans at 60+ bpa. Rating state an 8.5 out of 10.

State of Nebraka Image Collage

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About Nebraska
Number of farms
987 acres
Average size of a Nebraska farm
44,900,000 acres
Land in Nebraska farms
Land used for farming in the state
Over 1 billion pounds
Milk produced by Nebraska’s dairy cows
Nebraska’s rank in the U.S. for all cattle and calves inventory
9,900,000 acres
Corn acres intended in 2021, -3% from 2020

181 bu/acre
Corn yield in 2020, -1.0 bu/acre vs. 2019
5,500,000 acres
Soybean acres intended in 2021, +6% vs. 2020

57.0 bu/acre
Soybean yield in 2020, -1.5 bu/acre vs. 2019
900,000 acres
Wheat acres intended in 2021, unchanged vs. 2020

47 bu/acre 
Wheat yield in 2021, +6.0 bu/acre vs. 2020


2021 US Corn Belt Tour
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