Plains Edition USDA Information 6-9-12 |

Plains Edition USDA Information 6-9-12

Nebraska Crops/Weather summary

Week Ending June 4, 2012

Showers brought moisture and improved growing conditions to portions of the east while the dry west saw conditions continue to decline, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. However, below normal temperatures and less wind reduced stress on crops. Hail damaged crops and property in areas of the state and producers will have to decide if replanting will take place. Sidedressing fertilizer and spraying herbicides were the main field activities. Half of the wheat crop was turning color and harvest will be early this year. Alfalfa and pastures are showing little growth due to the dry conditions. Temperatures averaged slightly below normal in the western third of the state and 4 to 7 degrees below normal in the eastern two-thirds. High temperatures reached the mid 90’s with lows in the mid 30’s. Little to no precipitation fell across the western half of the state. Bands of showers moved across the eastern half with largest rainfall totals accumulating in the Northeast and East Central Districts.

Field Crops Report

Corn conditions rated 4 percent poor, 21 fair, 64 good, and 11 excellent, above last year’s 70 percent good to excellent but below 78 average. Soybeans emerged were 89 percent, ahead of 59 last year and 11 days ahead of 60 average. Soybean conditions rated 5 percent poor, 24 fair, 60 good, and 11 excellent. Sorghum planting was 82 percent complete, 1 week ahead of 65 last year and average. Sorghum emerged was 61 percent, ahead of 30 last year and 32 average. Sorghum conditions rated 2 percent poor, 37 fair, 58 good, and 3 excellent. Oats headed was 60 percent, well ahead of 9 last year and 18 days ahead of 18 average. Oats conditions rated 4 percent poor, 28 fair, 62 good, and 6 excellent, below 84 percent good to excellent last year and 83 average. Wheat turning color was 53 percent, 20 days ahead of 1 average. Wheat conditions rated 3 percent very poor, 13 poor, 40 fair, 41 good, and 3 excellent, below 55 percent good to excellent last year and 65 average. Dry beans planted were 54 percent complete, well ahead of 16 last year and 7 days ahead of 36 average. Dry beans emerged were 5 percent, ahead of 2 last year and 7 average. Proso millet was 54 percent planted, well ahead of 9 average. The first cutting of alfalfa was 85 percent complete, well ahead of 22 last year and 20 days ahead of 33 average. The second cutting of alfalfa was 7 percent complete. Alfalfa rated 2 percent very poor, 10 poor, 35 fair, 47 good, and 6 excellent, below 78 percent good to excellent last year and 74 average. Wild hay harvest was 14 percent complete. Wild hay conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 24 fair, 68 good, and 2 excellent, near last year’s 71 percent good to excellent.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report

Pasture and range conditions rated 4 percent very poor, 12 poor, 35 fair, 47 good, and 2 excellent, below 76 percent good to excellent last year and 75 average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff & Sidney

Temperature – 91 max, 35 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 91 max, 40 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 94 max, 36 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 94 max, 41 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 50% adequate, 0% surplus. Subsoil: 46% adequate, 0% surplus.

National Slaughter Cattle Summary

Week Ending June 1, 2012

Slaughter cattle traded mostly steady in Texas and Kansas. Dressed trades in Nebraska steady to 1.00 higher. Boxed beef prices Friday morning averaged 191.58 up 1.53 from last Friday. The Choice/Select spread is at 11.52. Slaughter cattle on a national basis for negotiated cash trades through Friday morning totaled about 111,250 head. Last week’s total head count was 111,117.

Midwest Direct Markets:

Live Basis: Steers and Heifers 35-80 Percent Choice

1200-1400 lbs: 121.00-122.00

Dressed Basis: Steers and Heifers: 194.00-195.00

South Plains Direct Markets:

Live Basis: Steers and Heifers 35-65 percent Choice

1100-1400 lbs: 121.00

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 Markets 93.00-93.50

Boners 80-85% 1000-1600 Closed 93.00

Lean 85-90% 1000-1400 for 88.00-91.00

Bulls 88-92% 1200-2300 Holiday 110.00-110.50

Omaha afternoon wheat, corn, oats & soybeans

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, June 06, 2012.

US No. 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat 6.26-5.60

US No. 2 Yellow Corn 5.84-6.16

US No. 2 Yellow Grain Sorghum 9.29-9.93

US No 1 Yellow Soybeans 12.83-13.59

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