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Plains Edition USDA Information for 5-15-10

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending May 9, 2010

Favorable conditions allowed producers to progress with planting spring crops. Significant corn planting occurred during the week with progress ahead of last year and four days ahead of average. Many producers in the east and south have now turned their attention to planting soybeans. Cooler temps have slowed growth of emerging crops and forages. Precipitation fell late in the week on the eastern 2/3 of the state. High winds dried soils but made herbicide application difficult. Feedlot conditions have improved.

Freezing temps in western counties resulted in concern for the emerging sugarbeet crop. Other activities included planting of sorghum and moving cattle to spring pastures.

Temperatures averaged 7 degrees below normal for the week with temperatures dipping into the teens in the Panhandle. Highs for the state ranged from the upper 60s to mid 80s. All areas of the state except the Panhandle received precipitation with the Southeast District reporting close to one inch of moisture. Strong winds were prevalent across the state.

Field Crops Report: Corn planting progressed to 78% complete statewide. This was a day ahead of the 74 last year and four days ahead of the 65 average. Corn emerged was 16% complete, which was near last years 17 but ahead of the 14 average.

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Soybean planting was 26% complete, which was the same as last year, but a week ahead of the 15 average. The first soybean fields have begun to emerge.

Sorghum planting was 8% complete, ahead of last year’s 6 and ahead of 5 average.

Wheat conditions rated 0% very poor, 5 poor, 25 fair, 62 good, and 8 excellent, below the 74% good or excellent of last year but above the 61 avg. Wheat jointed was at 55 percent, behind last year’s 61 and 64 average.

Oats conditions rated 11% fair, 72 good, and 17 excellent. Oats planted was 99% ahead of last year’s 98 and 96 average. Oats emerged was 83 percent, behind last year’s 91 but ahead of the 79 average.

Alfalfa rated 1% poor, 10 fair, 74 good, and 15 exc. Conditions were above last year’s 74% good or exc. condition and 63 avg. First cutting of alfalfa was 3% complete.

Wild Hay conditions rated 1% poor, 11 fair, 76 good, and 12 excellent.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and

range conditions rated 0% very poor, 1 poor, 12 fair, 75 good, and 12 excellent, well above last year’s 71 good and excellent and 61 average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 71 max, 19 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 70 max, 24 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 86 max, 28 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 80 max, 27 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 89% adequate, 4% surplus. Subsoil: 92% adequate, 4% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.00 – 132% of normal.

NC: 0.15 – 100% of normal.

CEN: .37 – 76% of normal.

SW: 0.27 – 110% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 3% Alfalfa 1st cutting, 78% Corn planted, 16% Corn emerged, 99% Oats planted, 83% Oats emerged, 26% Soybeans planted, 1% Soybeans emerged, 8% Sorghum planted, 55% Wheat jointed.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending May 9, 2010

Favorable conditions allowed producers to progress with planting spring crops. Significant corn planting occurred during the week with progress ahead of last year and four days ahead of average. Many producers in the east and south have now turned their attention to planting soybeans. Cooler temps have slowed growth of emerging crops and forages. Precipitation fell late in the week on the eastern 2/3 of the state. High winds dried soils but made herbicide application difficult. Feedlot conditions have improved.

Freezing temps in western counties resulted in concern for the emerging sugarbeet crop. Other activities included planting of sorghum and moving cattle to spring pastures.

Temperatures averaged 7 degrees below normal for the week with temperatures dipping into the teens in the Panhandle. Highs for the state ranged from the upper 60s to mid 80s. All areas of the state except the Panhandle received precipitation with the Southeast District reporting close to one inch of moisture. Strong winds were prevalent across the state.

Field Crops Report: Corn planting progressed to 78% complete statewide. This was a day ahead of the 74 last year and four days ahead of the 65 average. Corn emerged was 16% complete, which was near last years 17 but ahead of the 14 average.

Soybean planting was 26% complete, which was the same as last year, but a week ahead of the 15 average. The first soybean fields have begun to emerge.

Sorghum planting was 8% complete, ahead of last year’s 6 and ahead of 5 average.

Wheat conditions rated 0% very poor, 5 poor, 25 fair, 62 good, and 8 excellent, below the 74% good or excellent of last year but above the 61 avg. Wheat jointed was at 55 percent, behind last year’s 61 and 64 average.

Oats conditions rated 11% fair, 72 good, and 17 excellent. Oats planted was 99% ahead of last year’s 98 and 96 average. Oats emerged was 83 percent, behind last year’s 91 but ahead of the 79 average.

Alfalfa rated 1% poor, 10 fair, 74 good, and 15 exc. Conditions were above last year’s 74% good or exc. condition and 63 avg. First cutting of alfalfa was 3% complete.

Wild Hay conditions rated 1% poor, 11 fair, 76 good, and 12 excellent.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and

range conditions rated 0% very poor, 1 poor, 12 fair, 75 good, and 12 excellent, well above last year’s 71 good and excellent and 61 average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 71 max, 19 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 70 max, 24 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 86 max, 28 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 80 max, 27 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 89% adequate, 4% surplus. Subsoil: 92% adequate, 4% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.00 – 132% of normal.

NC: 0.15 – 100% of normal.

CEN: .37 – 76% of normal.

SW: 0.27 – 110% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 3% Alfalfa 1st cutting, 78% Corn planted, 16% Corn emerged, 99% Oats planted, 83% Oats emerged, 26% Soybeans planted, 1% Soybeans emerged, 8% Sorghum planted, 55% Wheat jointed.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending May 9, 2010

Favorable conditions allowed producers to progress with planting spring crops. Significant corn planting occurred during the week with progress ahead of last year and four days ahead of average. Many producers in the east and south have now turned their attention to planting soybeans. Cooler temps have slowed growth of emerging crops and forages. Precipitation fell late in the week on the eastern 2/3 of the state. High winds dried soils but made herbicide application difficult. Feedlot conditions have improved.

Freezing temps in western counties resulted in concern for the emerging sugarbeet crop. Other activities included planting of sorghum and moving cattle to spring pastures.

Temperatures averaged 7 degrees below normal for the week with temperatures dipping into the teens in the Panhandle. Highs for the state ranged from the upper 60s to mid 80s. All areas of the state except the Panhandle received precipitation with the Southeast District reporting close to one inch of moisture. Strong winds were prevalent across the state.

Field Crops Report: Corn planting progressed to 78% complete statewide. This was a day ahead of the 74 last year and four days ahead of the 65 average. Corn emerged was 16% complete, which was near last years 17 but ahead of the 14 average.

Soybean planting was 26% complete, which was the same as last year, but a week ahead of the 15 average. The first soybean fields have begun to emerge.

Sorghum planting was 8% complete, ahead of last year’s 6 and ahead of 5 average.

Wheat conditions rated 0% very poor, 5 poor, 25 fair, 62 good, and 8 excellent, below the 74% good or excellent of last year but above the 61 avg. Wheat jointed was at 55 percent, behind last year’s 61 and 64 average.

Oats conditions rated 11% fair, 72 good, and 17 excellent. Oats planted was 99% ahead of last year’s 98 and 96 average. Oats emerged was 83 percent, behind last year’s 91 but ahead of the 79 average.

Alfalfa rated 1% poor, 10 fair, 74 good, and 15 exc. Conditions were above last year’s 74% good or exc. condition and 63 avg. First cutting of alfalfa was 3% complete.

Wild Hay conditions rated 1% poor, 11 fair, 76 good, and 12 excellent.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and

range conditions rated 0% very poor, 1 poor, 12 fair, 75 good, and 12 excellent, well above last year’s 71 good and excellent and 61 average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 71 max, 19 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 70 max, 24 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 86 max, 28 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 80 max, 27 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 89% adequate, 4% surplus. Subsoil: 92% adequate, 4% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.00 – 132% of normal.

NC: 0.15 – 100% of normal.

CEN: .37 – 76% of normal.

SW: 0.27 – 110% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 3% Alfalfa 1st cutting, 78% Corn planted, 16% Corn emerged, 99% Oats planted, 83% Oats emerged, 26% Soybeans planted, 1% Soybeans emerged, 8% Sorghum planted, 55% Wheat jointed.

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