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USDA Forecasting Record Breaking Harvest This Year

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This year's corn crop is the largest Nebraska and the country have ever seen, and exceeds earlier government projections.

In its crop report released Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast Nebraska to produce a record 1.61 billion bushel corn harvest this year.

"Should those production estimates hold through the balance of harvest, Nebraska farmers will produce a bin busting crop following the impact of a couple years of significant drought," said Kelly Brunkhorst, director of research for the Nebraska Corn Board. 

Brunkhorst said the USDA increased its yield estimate for Nebraska up from 164 bushels per acre in September. With nearly 80 percent of the crop harvested, good yields have many feeling confident in this year's harvest.

The national yield estimate is looking good as well. The USDA has estimated yields at 160.4 bushels per acre, up from last year's yield of 123.4.

That would lead to a record 13.99 billion bushel harvest. 

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