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Plains Edition USDA Information 4-14-12

Nebraska Crops/Weather summary

Week Ending April 9, 2012

For the week ending April 8, 2012, even though conditions were favorable for planting corn, only a limited number of fields were planted with most producers waiting for the crop insurance initial planting date, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Soil moisture levels continued below previous year and 5 year averages with precipitation limited to the southern tier of counties. Planting of oats reached the half way point with 15 percent of the crop emerged. Wheat was beginning to joint well ahead of average. With 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork, producers were applying fertilizer, performing spring tillage, and getting machinery ready for spring planting. Soil temperatures ranged from the mid 50’s in the west to low 60’s in the east. Cattle and calves were in mostly good to excellent condition. Spring calving was 83 percent complete with calf losses well below average.

Temperatures averaged 3 degrees above normal across the western half of the state, while the eastern half was up to 10 degrees above normal. Highs reached the low 90’s in the east and lows fell to the lower 20s in the Panhandle. Precipitation was limited to extreme southern counties with some locations receiving over one inch.

Field Crops Report

Corn planted showed little progress and remained at 1 percent, equal to last year but ahead of average.

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Wheat jointed was 10 percent, well ahead of 1 percent average. Wheat conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 5 poor, 35 fair, 52 good, and 8 excellent, well above last year’s 35 percent good to excellent.

Oats planted were at 50 percent, well ahead of 29 last year and average. Oats emerged was 15 percent, well ahead of 1 last year and 3 average.

Alfalfa conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 6 poor, 25 fair, 56 good, and 13 excellent. Concerns were expressed about insect levels.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report

Cattle and calf condition rated 0 percent very poor, 0 poor, 6 fair, 72 good, and 22 excellent. Spring calving was 83 percent complete. Calf losses rated 30 percent below average, 69 average, and 1 above average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff & Sidney

Temperature – 78 max, 22 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 71 max, 30 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 73 max, 22 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 76 max, 25 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 39% adequate, 0% surplus. Subsoil: 44% adequate, 0% surplus.

National Slaughter Cattle Summary

Week Ending april 6, 2012

Slaughter cattle sold 3.00-4.00 lower, dressed sales in Nebraska 8.00-9.00 lower. Boxed beef prices declining despite the lighter slaughter rates. Boxed beef prices Friday morning averaged 176.20 down 7.28 from last Friday. The Choice/Select spread is at 2.44. Slaughter cattle on a national basis for negotiated cash trades through Friday morning totaled about 83,471 head. Last week’s total head count was 119,113.

Midwest Direct Markets:

Live Basis: Steers and Heifers 35-80 Percent Choice

1200-1400 lbs: 122.00-123.00

Dressed Basis: Steers and Heifers: 193.00-194.00

South Plains Direct Markets:

Live Basis: Steers and Heifers 35-65 percent Choice

1100-1400 lbs: 122.00

Slaughter Cows and Bulls (Average Yielding Prices):

Slaughter cows and bulls mostly steady t 2.00 higher. USDA’s Cutter cow carcass cut-out value Friday morning was 171.39 up 2.16 from last Friday.

Prices paid for average dressing:

%Lean Weight Colorado Oklahoma

Breakers 75-80% 1000-1600 84.50-89.00 84.00-89.50

Boners 80-85% 1000-1600 83.50-88.00 85.00-88.00

Lean 85-90% 1000-1400 80.00-85.50 83.50-88.50

Bulls 88-92% 1200-2300 97.00-104.50 103.50-106.50

Omaha afternoon wheat, corn, oats & soybeans

Monday, April 11, 2012

Spot Cash Grain Prices: Prices bid or paid per bushel, except grain Sorghum per CWT., at rural Nebraska elevators as of 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, April 11, 2012.

US No. 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat 5.54-6.24

US No. 2 Yellow Corn 6.09-6.33

US No. 2 Yellow Grain Sorghum 9.93-10.68

US No 1 Yellow Soybeans 13.14-13.85

March 2012 Monthly Prices:

Low High Average

US No. 1 Winter Wheat 5.54 6.24 5.94

US No. 2 Yellow Corn 6.09 6.33 6.20

No. 2 Yellow Grain Sorghum 9.93 10.68 10.41

US No. 1 Yellow Soybeans 13.14 13.85 13.50