• The bread basket of the US
    The bread basket of the US

    Nebraska is a very fertile state. Fields of corn, wheat and soybeans are abundant and out west you'll find fields of sugar beets. Photo courtesy of Rick Rasmussen.

  • An agricultural host
    An agricultural host

    Grand Island plays host to national and regional agricultural shows in state-of-the-art buildings at Fonner Park.

  • A fully-irrigated farm show
    A fully-irrigated farm show

    The annual Husker Harvest Days draws people from all over the country to see new equipment in action.

  • Local harvests
    Local harvests

    Smaller operations in the area include vineyards, a specialty mushroom farm, melon farms and more.

  • Cattle on a thousand hills
    Cattle on a thousand hills

    The Sandhills are excellent for grazing cattle. Some of the best beef in the world comes from Nebraska.

Agricultural Profile

Farming is a business and the business of farming is growing; large operations are increasing while family farms are decreasing. These families work hard to maintain the honor, traditions, and ethics of farming handed down generation to generation.

There are 608 farms in Hall County, primarily crop farms with some livestock farms. 

84% of the corn crops are irrigated, by furrow or pivot irrigation systems. The irrigation is done via 6,000 registered wells, 87 of which are monitored for water quality by the Central Platte Resource District. Almost half a million gallons of water per acre of corn is needed for irrigating; 80,000 gallons of water evaporates per acre
of corn on a hot July day.


  • 210,000 acres of corn are grown in Hall County. The majority is used for feed corn; other uses include human consumption, seed corn, and fuel.
  • 17,000 acres of soybeans are planted annually. They are used for food products, oil, meal (protein rich livestock feed), and fuel.
  • The 12,000 acres of hay harvested annually may included native grasses and alfalfa for livestock feed. 682 acres of sorghum (milo) are also planted for livestock feed.

Growing Season

  • Corn — 120 days. Planting mid May and harvesting in October yields an average of 180 bushels of corn per acre.
  • Soybeans — shorter growing season. Planting in June and harvesting in late September.


  • 48,000 head of feeder cattle
  • 14,000 head of beef cows
  • 19 swine operations, small sheep producers and four dairies plus small chicken farm flocks.

Cash Receipts

  • $117,623,000 for crops
  • $111,317,000 for livestock

Information – University of  Nebraska Rural Initiative