Plains Edition USDA Information 5-12-14
Nebraska Crops/Weather summary
Week Ending May 7, 2012
Producers made significant planting progress with favorable conditions, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Above normal temperatures and limited precipitation allowed active field work and aided crop development. Corn planted jumped to near three-fourths complete with 25 percent emerged. Soybean planting was 29 percent complete and sorghum planted stood at 7 percent. Wheat jointed was 87 percent with one quarter of the crop headed, 19 days ahead of average. The first cutting of alfalfa continued 3 weeks ahead of average. Cattle have been moved to summer pastures. Temperatures averaged 9 degrees above normal across the state. High temperatures ranged from the mid 90’s in the southern half of Nebraska to lows of mid 30’s in the Panhandle. The East Central and Southeast Districts averaged over 1 inch of precipitation with other districts near half an inch or less.
Field Crops Report
Corn planting advanced to 74 percent complete, well ahead of last year’s 45 and one week ahead of 50 average. Corn emerged stood at 25 percent, well ahead of 3 last year and eight days ahead of 7 average. Soybean planting was 29 percent complete, ahead of 11 last year and 10 average. Soybeans emerged were 3 percent. Sorghum planting was 7 percent completed compared to 5 last year and 3 average. Wheat jointed was 87 percent, well ahead of last year’s 40 and near three weeks ahead of 45 average. Wheat headed was 25 percent. Disease was a concern in parts of South Central and Southeast Districts. Wheat conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 28 fair, 55 good, and 11 excellent, above last year’s 46 percent good to excellent and 63 average. Oats planted were at 96 percent, ahead of last year’s 91 and 92 average. Oats emerged were at 80 percent, well ahead of 57 last year and 65 average. Oats conditions rated 1 percent poor, 18 fair, 74 good, and 7 excellent. The first cutting of alfalfa was 20 percent complete. Concerns were expressed over insect activity. Alfalfa rated 5 percent poor, 24 fair, 54 good, and 17 excellent, below last year’s 76 percent good to excellent and near 70 average. Wild hay conditions rated 2 percent poor, 29 fair, 65 good, and 4 excellent.
Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report
Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 6 poor, 32 fair, 55 good, and 6 excellent, below last year’s 65 percent good to excellent and 68 average.
Temperature DatA by region
Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff & Sidney
Temperature – 85 max, 34 min.
North Central (NC) which includes Valentine
Temperature – 87 max, 37 min.
Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord
Temperature – 94 max, 38 min.
Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte
Temperature – 94 max, 37 min.
Topsoil and subsoil moisture
State Report: Topsoil: 76% adequate, 5% surplus. Subsoil: 66% adequate, 2% surplus.
National Slaughter Cattle Summary
Week Ending May 4, 2012
A few dressed cattle sold 1.00 higher in Nebraska. No live cattle sales reported at this time. Slaughter rates continue light as feedyards try to hold out for better prices. Boxed beef prices Friday morning averaged 188.26 down .69 from last Friday. The Choice/Select spread is at 3.90. Slaughter cattle on a national basis for negotiated cash trades through Friday morning totaled about 24,094 head. Last week’s total head count was 52,385.
Midwest Direct Markets:
Live Basis: Steers and Heifers 35-80 Percent Choice
1200-1400 lbs: No trade
Dressed Basis: Steers and Heifers: few 195.00
South Plains Direct Markets:
Live Basis: Steers and Heifers 35-65 percent Choice
1100-1400 lbs: No trade
Slaughter Cows and Bulls (Average Yielding Prices):
Slaughter cows 1.00-2.00 higher. Slaughter bulls 2.00-3.00 higher. USDA’s Cutter cow carcass cut-out value Friday morning was 177.03 up .49 from last Friday.
Prices paid for average dressing:
%Lean Weight Colorado Oklahoma
Breakers 75-80% 1000-1600 86.50-90.00 95.00-96.50
Boners 80-85% 1000-1600 85.50-89.00 92.75-96.00
Lean 85-90% 1000-1400 82.00-85.50 92.50-96.00
Bulls 88-92% 1200-2300 102.00-111.00 102.00-107.00
Omaha afternoon wheat, corn, oats & soybeans
Monday, May 9, 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, May 02, 2012.
US No. 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat 5.24-5.94
US No. 2 Yellow Corn 5.95-6.30
US No. 2 Yellow Grain Sorghum 9.86-10.25
US No 1 Yellow Soybeans 13.22-13.98
May 2012 Monthly Prices:
Low High Average
US No. 1 Winter Wheat 5.24 5.94 5.61
US No. 2 Yellow Corn 5.95 6.30 6.17
No. 2 Yellow Grain Sorghum 9.86 10.25 10.03
US No. 1 Yellow Soybeans 13.22 13.98 13.61