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Plains Edition USDA Information for 5-22-10

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending May 16, 2010

Cold, wet conditions across the state slowed crop growth and progress of field work. Crops in the Panhandle have been impacted the most during the last couple of weeks, with snow again being reported. Sugarbeets will have to be replanted in some areas and winter wheat was still being evaluated. Corn planting slowed during the week with less than three days suitable for fieldwork. Producers continued to plant soybeans but progress has not reached the half way mark. Precipitation fell on numerous days across the state. Cattle were moved to spring pastures but grass growth was slowed.

Temperatures averaged 11 degrees below normal for the week with portions of the western half of the state dropping below freezing. Highs ranged from the low 60s to low 70s. Precipitation fell across all areas of the state in the form of rain or snow. The Panhandle was the coolest, wettest region in the state. Winds were not as prevalent last week.

Field Crops Report: Corn planting advanced to 89% complete statewide. This was a day behind the 91 last year but a day ahead of the 86 avg. Corn emerged was 36% complete, behind last year’s 42 and 37 average.

Soybean planting was 44% complete, which was two days behind last year’s 57, but 4 days ahead of the 38 avg. Soybeans emerged was 6% near last year’s 7 and 5 avg.

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Sorghum planting was 17% complete, behind last year’s 22 and 18 avg. The first sorghum fields have emerged.

Wheat conditions rated 4% poor, 23 fair, 66 good, and 7 excellent, below the 77% good or excellent of last year but above the 58 avg. Wheat jointed was at 60%, behind last year’s 82 and 8 days behind 82 avg. A few wheat fields showed heads.

Oats conditions rated 1% poor, 8 fair, 78 good, and 13 excellent. Oats emerged was 91%, behind last year’s 99 and 93 avg.

Dry beans planted were 2% complete, behind last year’s 7, but equal to the avg.

Alfalfa rated 1% poor, 11 fair, 74 good, and 14 excellent. Conditions were above last year’s 76% good or excellent condition and 65 average. First cutting of alfalfa was 5% complete.

Wild Hay conditions rated 1% poor, 12 fair, 75 good, and 12 excellent.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and

range conditions rated 0% very poor, 1 poor, 16 fair, 69 good, and 14 excellent, above last year’s 74 good and excellent and 62 avg.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 65 max, 30 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 69 max, 30 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 71 max, 29 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 66 max, 28 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 90% adequate, 8% surplus. Subsoil: 90% adequate, 7% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 1.48 – 151% of normal.

NC: 0.64 – 98% of normal.

CEN: .65 – 76% of normal.

SW: 0.50 – 101% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 5% Alfalfa 1st cutting, 89% Corn planted, 36% Corn emerged, 2% Dry beans planted, 91% Oats emerged, 44% Soybeans planted, 6% Soybeans emerged, 17% Sorghum planted, 2% Sorghum emerged, 60% Wheat jointed, 1% Wheat headed.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending May 16, 2010

Cold, wet conditions across the state slowed crop growth and progress of field work. Crops in the Panhandle have been impacted the most during the last couple of weeks, with snow again being reported. Sugarbeets will have to be replanted in some areas and winter wheat was still being evaluated. Corn planting slowed during the week with less than three days suitable for fieldwork. Producers continued to plant soybeans but progress has not reached the half way mark. Precipitation fell on numerous days across the state. Cattle were moved to spring pastures but grass growth was slowed.

Temperatures averaged 11 degrees below normal for the week with portions of the western half of the state dropping below freezing. Highs ranged from the low 60s to low 70s. Precipitation fell across all areas of the state in the form of rain or snow. The Panhandle was the coolest, wettest region in the state. Winds were not as prevalent last week.

Field Crops Report: Corn planting advanced to 89% complete statewide. This was a day behind the 91 last year but a day ahead of the 86 avg. Corn emerged was 36% complete, behind last year’s 42 and 37 average.

Soybean planting was 44% complete, which was two days behind last year’s 57, but 4 days ahead of the 38 avg. Soybeans emerged was 6% near last year’s 7 and 5 avg.

Sorghum planting was 17% complete, behind last year’s 22 and 18 avg. The first sorghum fields have emerged.

Wheat conditions rated 4% poor, 23 fair, 66 good, and 7 excellent, below the 77% good or excellent of last year but above the 58 avg. Wheat jointed was at 60%, behind last year’s 82 and 8 days behind 82 avg. A few wheat fields showed heads.

Oats conditions rated 1% poor, 8 fair, 78 good, and 13 excellent. Oats emerged was 91%, behind last year’s 99 and 93 avg.

Dry beans planted were 2% complete, behind last year’s 7, but equal to the avg.

Alfalfa rated 1% poor, 11 fair, 74 good, and 14 excellent. Conditions were above last year’s 76% good or excellent condition and 65 average. First cutting of alfalfa was 5% complete.

Wild Hay conditions rated 1% poor, 12 fair, 75 good, and 12 excellent.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and

range conditions rated 0% very poor, 1 poor, 16 fair, 69 good, and 14 excellent, above last year’s 74 good and excellent and 62 avg.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 65 max, 30 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 69 max, 30 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 71 max, 29 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 66 max, 28 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 90% adequate, 8% surplus. Subsoil: 90% adequate, 7% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 1.48 – 151% of normal.

NC: 0.64 – 98% of normal.

CEN: .65 – 76% of normal.

SW: 0.50 – 101% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 5% Alfalfa 1st cutting, 89% Corn planted, 36% Corn emerged, 2% Dry beans planted, 91% Oats emerged, 44% Soybeans planted, 6% Soybeans emerged, 17% Sorghum planted, 2% Sorghum emerged, 60% Wheat jointed, 1% Wheat headed.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending May 16, 2010

Cold, wet conditions across the state slowed crop growth and progress of field work. Crops in the Panhandle have been impacted the most during the last couple of weeks, with snow again being reported. Sugarbeets will have to be replanted in some areas and winter wheat was still being evaluated. Corn planting slowed during the week with less than three days suitable for fieldwork. Producers continued to plant soybeans but progress has not reached the half way mark. Precipitation fell on numerous days across the state. Cattle were moved to spring pastures but grass growth was slowed.

Temperatures averaged 11 degrees below normal for the week with portions of the western half of the state dropping below freezing. Highs ranged from the low 60s to low 70s. Precipitation fell across all areas of the state in the form of rain or snow. The Panhandle was the coolest, wettest region in the state. Winds were not as prevalent last week.

Field Crops Report: Corn planting advanced to 89% complete statewide. This was a day behind the 91 last year but a day ahead of the 86 avg. Corn emerged was 36% complete, behind last year’s 42 and 37 average.

Soybean planting was 44% complete, which was two days behind last year’s 57, but 4 days ahead of the 38 avg. Soybeans emerged was 6% near last year’s 7 and 5 avg.

Sorghum planting was 17% complete, behind last year’s 22 and 18 avg. The first sorghum fields have emerged.

Wheat conditions rated 4% poor, 23 fair, 66 good, and 7 excellent, below the 77% good or excellent of last year but above the 58 avg. Wheat jointed was at 60%, behind last year’s 82 and 8 days behind 82 avg. A few wheat fields showed heads.

Oats conditions rated 1% poor, 8 fair, 78 good, and 13 excellent. Oats emerged was 91%, behind last year’s 99 and 93 avg.

Dry beans planted were 2% complete, behind last year’s 7, but equal to the avg.

Alfalfa rated 1% poor, 11 fair, 74 good, and 14 excellent. Conditions were above last year’s 76% good or excellent condition and 65 average. First cutting of alfalfa was 5% complete.

Wild Hay conditions rated 1% poor, 12 fair, 75 good, and 12 excellent.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and

range conditions rated 0% very poor, 1 poor, 16 fair, 69 good, and 14 excellent, above last year’s 74 good and excellent and 62 avg.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 65 max, 30 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 69 max, 30 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 71 max, 29 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 66 max, 28 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 90% adequate, 8% surplus. Subsoil: 90% adequate, 7% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 1.48 – 151% of normal.

NC: 0.64 – 98% of normal.

CEN: .65 – 76% of normal.

SW: 0.50 – 101% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 5% Alfalfa 1st cutting, 89% Corn planted, 36% Corn emerged, 2% Dry beans planted, 91% Oats emerged, 44% Soybeans planted, 6% Soybeans emerged, 17% Sorghum planted, 2% Sorghum emerged, 60% Wheat jointed, 1% Wheat headed.

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