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2010 Nebraska wheat forecast sees crop drop













LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- The latest forecast for Nebraska's winter wheat crop repeats much of what the U.S. Department of Agriculture said last month: The expected harvest will be down 10 percent from last year's crop.






In a news release Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicted Nebraska farmers will produce 69 million bushels of winter wheat this year, based on June 1 conditions. Land to be harvested for grain is estimated at 1.5 million acres, which is down 6 percent from 2009.






The three figures were unchanged from the May 1 conditions report.






The survey report says the wheat condition was rated 77 percent good to excellent, compared with 74 percent in the previous report.






The USDA says crop development was about a week behind normal.






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