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Plains Edition USDA Information 6-16-12

Nebraska Crops/Weather summary

Week Ending June 11, 2012

Above normal temperatures and little or no precipitation continued to stress dryland crops and lower crop and pasture condition ratings statewide, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Wheat harvest began in Southeastern counties and was expected to move quickly westward across the southern tier of counties. Pivot irrigation was active with gravity operations getting underway. Alfalfa and pastures were showing little growth in many areas. Temperatures averaged 4 degrees above normal with triple digit highs in portions of the Southwest and 90’s mainly elsewhere. Lows were in the mid to lower 50’s. Little to no precipitation fell across much of the state with only isolated areas in extreme Southeastern Nebraska receiving significant amounts late Sunday night.

Field Crops Report

Corn conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 6 poor, 23 fair, 62 good, and 8 excellent, below last year’s 73 percent good to excellent and 78 average. Soybeans emerged were 97 percent, ahead of 79 last year and average. Soybean conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 7 poor, 28 fair, 57 good, and 7 excellent. Sorghum planting was 94 percent complete, ahead of 88 last year and 81 average. Sorghum emerged was 79 percent, ahead of 61 last year and 53 average. Sorghum conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 6 poor, 32 fair, 60 good, and 1 excellent. Oats headed was 79 percent, well ahead of 33 last year and near 3 weeks ahead of 40 average. Oats conditions rated 4 percent poor, 30 fair, 61 good, and 5 excellent, below 87 percent good to excellent last year and 86 average. Wheat turning color reached 82 percent, 3 weeks ahead of 3 last year and 11 average. Wheat ripe was 15 percent, compared to 0 last year and average. Wheat harvested was 3 percent, compared to 0 last year and average. Wheat conditions rated 3 percent very poor, 13 poor, 40 fair, 42 good, and 2 excellent, well below 58 percent good to excellent last year and 66 average. Dry beans planted were 74 percent complete, well ahead of 45 last year and 7 days ahead of 61 average. Dry beans emerged were 31 percent, also ahead of 9 last year and 20 average. Proso millet planting was 71 percent complete, ahead of 21 last year and two weeks ahead of 23 average. The first cutting of alfalfa was 92 percent complete, well ahead of 50 last year and 18 days ahead of 53 average. The second cutting of alfalfa was 19 percent complete with re-growth slow in most areas. Alfalfa rated 2 percent very poor, 16 poor, 37 fair, 42 good, and 3 excellent, well below 82 percent good to excellent last year and 76 average. Wild hay harvest was 18 percent complete. Wild hay conditions rated 5 percent very poor, 5 poor, 28 fair, 62 good, and 0 excellent, below last year’s 74 percent good to excellent.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report

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Pasture and range conditions rated 5 percent very poor, 16 poor, 38 fair, 41 good, and 0 excellent, well below 80 percent good to excellent last year and 79 average. Culling has begun in some areas due to poor pastures.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff & Sidney

Temperature – 96 max, 50 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 94 max, 49 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 94 max, 45 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 103 max, 56 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 28% adequate, 1% surplus. Subsoil: 33% adequate, 0% surplus.

National Slaughter Cattle Summary

Week Ending June 8, 2012

Slaughter cattle traded 1.00 higher in Texas and Kansas. Live trade in Nebraska 1.00-2.00 higher with dressed trades steady to 1.00 higher, instances 2.00 higher. Boxed beef prices Friday morning averaged 189.98 down 1.60 from last Friday. The Choice/Select spread is at 14.55. Slaughter cattle on a national basis for negotiated cash trades through Friday morning totaled about 102,000 head. Last week’s total head count was 123,180.

Midwest Direct Markets:

Live Basis: Steers and Heifers 35-80 Percent Choice

1200-1400 lbs: 123.00-123.50

Dressed Basis: Steers and Heifers: 195.00-196.00

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 unevenly steady with markets in Colorado closed for the Holiday. USDA’s Cutter cow carcass cut-out value Friday morning was 180.51 up 1.22 from last Friday.

Prices paid for average dressing:

%Lean Weight Colorado Oklahoma

Breakers 75-80% 1000-1600 84.00-87.50 87.75-91.50

Boners 80-85% 1000-1600 83.50-87.00 87.50-92.00

Lean 85-90% 1000-1400 80.00-84.00 85.50-89.50

Bulls 88-92% 1200-2300 101.00-107.00 109.50-115.00

Omaha afternoon wheat, corn, oats & soybeans

Spot Cash Grain Prices bid or paid per bushel, except grain Sorghum per CWT., at rural Nebraska elevators as of 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, June 13, 2012.

US No. 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat 5.61-6.23

US No. 2 Yellow Corn 5.91-6.37

US No. 2 Yellow Grain Sorghum 9.48-10.02

US No 1 Yellow Soybeans 13.07-13.82