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Plains Edition USDA Information for 5-1-10

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending April 25, 2010

Corn planting was active across the eastern third of the State until rains halted progress, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Accumulation of an inch or more of precipitation was common across all but the Central counties. Rain scattered throughout the week limited farm activities with only 3.6 days suitable for fieldwork. In many areas, soils will need to dry before further planting progress can be made. Both topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies are above previous year and average. Other activities included planting of oats and sugar beets, seed bed preparation, fertilizer application and working the spring calf crop. Pastures and forage crops continued to benefit from the moisture but feedlot conditions were muddy.

Temperatures for the week averaged 1 degree above normal across the state with highs near 70 in most locations and lows in the 30’s. Precipitation fell throughout the state with heaviest accumulations of 2 inches or more common in Panhandle counties.

Field Crops Report: Corn planting was 23 percent statewide. This is near last year’s 24 but ahead of the 15 average. The first fields had begun to emerge.

Wheat conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 23 fair, 67 good, and 7 excellent, close to the 73 percent good or excellent of last year but above 61 average. Wheat jointed was at 16 percent, ahead of last year’s 13 but behind 26 average.

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Oats planted was 85 percent, ahead of last year’s 82 and 82 average. Nearly half of the oats had emerged at 48 percent, ahead of last year’s 31 and 38 average.

Alfalfa rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 14 fair, 74 good, and 11 excellent. Conditions are above last year’s 77 percent good or excellent condition and 67 average.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Spring calving was 92 percent complete. Calf losses rated 2 percent below average, 87 average, and 11 above average. Pasture and range conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 15 fair, 74 good, and 9 excellent, well above last year’s 72 good and excellent and 60 average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 73 max, 29 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 70 max, 32 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 70 max, 37 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 69 max, 34 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 90% adequate, 8% surplus. Subsoil: 92% adequate, 6% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 2.35 – 230% of normal.

NC: 1.46 – 143% of normal.

CEN: .73 – 101% of normal.

SW: 1.07 – 180% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 23% Corn planted, 1 % Corn emerged, 85% Oats planted, 48% Oats emerged, 16% Wheat jointed.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending April 25, 2010

Corn planting was active across the eastern third of the State until rains halted progress, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Accumulation of an inch or more of precipitation was common across all but the Central counties. Rain scattered throughout the week limited farm activities with only 3.6 days suitable for fieldwork. In many areas, soils will need to dry before further planting progress can be made. Both topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies are above previous year and average. Other activities included planting of oats and sugar beets, seed bed preparation, fertilizer application and working the spring calf crop. Pastures and forage crops continued to benefit from the moisture but feedlot conditions were muddy.

Temperatures for the week averaged 1 degree above normal across the state with highs near 70 in most locations and lows in the 30’s. Precipitation fell throughout the state with heaviest accumulations of 2 inches or more common in Panhandle counties.

Field Crops Report: Corn planting was 23 percent statewide. This is near last year’s 24 but ahead of the 15 average. The first fields had begun to emerge.

Wheat conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 23 fair, 67 good, and 7 excellent, close to the 73 percent good or excellent of last year but above 61 average. Wheat jointed was at 16 percent, ahead of last year’s 13 but behind 26 average.

Oats planted was 85 percent, ahead of last year’s 82 and 82 average. Nearly half of the oats had emerged at 48 percent, ahead of last year’s 31 and 38 average.

Alfalfa rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 14 fair, 74 good, and 11 excellent. Conditions are above last year’s 77 percent good or excellent condition and 67 average.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Spring calving was 92 percent complete. Calf losses rated 2 percent below average, 87 average, and 11 above average. Pasture and range conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 15 fair, 74 good, and 9 excellent, well above last year’s 72 good and excellent and 60 average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 73 max, 29 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 70 max, 32 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 70 max, 37 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 69 max, 34 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 90% adequate, 8% surplus. Subsoil: 92% adequate, 6% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 2.35 – 230% of normal.

NC: 1.46 – 143% of normal.

CEN: .73 – 101% of normal.

SW: 1.07 – 180% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 23% Corn planted, 1 % Corn emerged, 85% Oats planted, 48% Oats emerged, 16% Wheat jointed.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending April 25, 2010

Corn planting was active across the eastern third of the State until rains halted progress, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Accumulation of an inch or more of precipitation was common across all but the Central counties. Rain scattered throughout the week limited farm activities with only 3.6 days suitable for fieldwork. In many areas, soils will need to dry before further planting progress can be made. Both topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies are above previous year and average. Other activities included planting of oats and sugar beets, seed bed preparation, fertilizer application and working the spring calf crop. Pastures and forage crops continued to benefit from the moisture but feedlot conditions were muddy.

Temperatures for the week averaged 1 degree above normal across the state with highs near 70 in most locations and lows in the 30’s. Precipitation fell throughout the state with heaviest accumulations of 2 inches or more common in Panhandle counties.

Field Crops Report: Corn planting was 23 percent statewide. This is near last year’s 24 but ahead of the 15 average. The first fields had begun to emerge.

Wheat conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 23 fair, 67 good, and 7 excellent, close to the 73 percent good or excellent of last year but above 61 average. Wheat jointed was at 16 percent, ahead of last year’s 13 but behind 26 average.

Oats planted was 85 percent, ahead of last year’s 82 and 82 average. Nearly half of the oats had emerged at 48 percent, ahead of last year’s 31 and 38 average.

Alfalfa rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 14 fair, 74 good, and 11 excellent. Conditions are above last year’s 77 percent good or excellent condition and 67 average.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Spring calving was 92 percent complete. Calf losses rated 2 percent below average, 87 average, and 11 above average. Pasture and range conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 15 fair, 74 good, and 9 excellent, well above last year’s 72 good and excellent and 60 average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 73 max, 29 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 70 max, 32 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 70 max, 37 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 69 max, 34 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 90% adequate, 8% surplus. Subsoil: 92% adequate, 6% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 2.35 – 230% of normal.

NC: 1.46 – 143% of normal.

CEN: .73 – 101% of normal.

SW: 1.07 – 180% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 23% Corn planted, 1 % Corn emerged, 85% Oats planted, 48% Oats emerged, 16% Wheat jointed.

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