NEBRASKA -- The latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows an economic downturn for agriculture in Nebraska. 

Major crops like corn, beans and even alfalfa hay are seeing a decrease in production. 

A number of factors are at play - drought this summer hurt production yields and inflation means the crops cost a lot to plant. 

All of this adds up to economic stress for the drivers of a major sector of Nebraska's economy. 

The USDA forecasts Nebraska's corn production to come in eight percent down from last year. 

Soybeans are expected to be 13 percent down and alfalfa hay is 35 percent down.