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Plains Edition USDA Information 9-18-10

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending September 12, 2010

Temperatures early in the week dipped below freezing in parts of the Panhandle and Southwest impacting crops not yet mature. Corn harvest was underway in the southeastern third of the State and was advancing north and west. In Panhandle counties, wheat seeding was near 50 percent complete and dry bean and millet harvests were active. Irrigators continued shutting down systems, picking up pipe, and preparing equipment for harvest.

Temperatures averaged 1 degree below normal with highs reaching the low 90’s and lows below freezing in parts of the west. Limited amounts of rain fell during the week. The Northeast and North Central Districts averaged .34 inch and Southwest with .22 inch. The remainder of the State averaged less than .10 inch of precipitation for the week.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 13 fair, 57 good, and 26 excellent, above a year ago. Irrigated fields were 84 percent good or excellent and dryland fields rated 80. Corn reaching the dent stage was 92 percent, ahead of 83 percent last year and 89 average. Mature was at 26 percent, ahead of 9 percent last year and 22 average. Corn harvest has started and was 2 percent complete, same as average.

Soybean conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 3 poor, 15 fair, 55 good, and 25 excellent, near last year. Soybean acreage turning color was 69 percent, ahead of 65 last year and 66 average. Acreage dropping leaves was 20 percent, ahead of 12 last year and 17 average.

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Sorghum conditions rated 2 percent poor, 19 fair, 58 good, and 21 excellent, above last year. Sorghum acreage turning color was 93 percent, well ahead of last year’s 51 and 75 average. Sorghum mature was 3 percent, behind the 7 average.

Winter wheat seeding was 25 percent complete, near 27 last year and 23 average.

Dry beans conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 6 poor, 18 fair, 68 good, and 7 excellent, above last year. Dry bean acreage dropping leaves was 64 percent, ahead of last year’s 41 and 47 average. Dry beans harvested was 29 percent, ahead of 19 last year and 15 average.

Proso millet harvest was at 30 percent, ahead of 14 last year and 21 average.

Alfalfa rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 15 fair, 64 good, and 16 excellent. The fourth cutting of alfalfa progressed to

44 percent, well ahead of 24 last year and 32 average.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 18 fair, 66 good, and 11 excellent, above year ago levels.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 88 max, 31 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 86 max, 38 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 89 max, 39 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 93 max, 29 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 59% adequate, 0% surplus. Subsoil: 73% adequate, 0% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.04 – 111% of normal.

NC: .0.34 – 136% of normal.

CEN: 0.07 – 131% of normal.

SW: 0.22 – 122% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 44% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 92% Corn dent, 26% Corn mature, 2% Corn harvested, 64% Dry beans dropping leaves, 29% Dry beans harvested, 30% Proso millet harvested, 93% Sorghum turning color, 3% Sorghum mature, 69% Soybeans turning color, 20% Soybeans dropping leaves, 25% Winter wheat seeded.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending September 12, 2010

Temperatures early in the week dipped below freezing in parts of the Panhandle and Southwest impacting crops not yet mature. Corn harvest was underway in the southeastern third of the State and was advancing north and west. In Panhandle counties, wheat seeding was near 50 percent complete and dry bean and millet harvests were active. Irrigators continued shutting down systems, picking up pipe, and preparing equipment for harvest.

Temperatures averaged 1 degree below normal with highs reaching the low 90’s and lows below freezing in parts of the west. Limited amounts of rain fell during the week. The Northeast and North Central Districts averaged .34 inch and Southwest with .22 inch. The remainder of the State averaged less than .10 inch of precipitation for the week.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 13 fair, 57 good, and 26 excellent, above a year ago. Irrigated fields were 84 percent good or excellent and dryland fields rated 80. Corn reaching the dent stage was 92 percent, ahead of 83 percent last year and 89 average. Mature was at 26 percent, ahead of 9 percent last year and 22 average. Corn harvest has started and was 2 percent complete, same as average.

Soybean conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 3 poor, 15 fair, 55 good, and 25 excellent, near last year. Soybean acreage turning color was 69 percent, ahead of 65 last year and 66 average. Acreage dropping leaves was 20 percent, ahead of 12 last year and 17 average.

Sorghum conditions rated 2 percent poor, 19 fair, 58 good, and 21 excellent, above last year. Sorghum acreage turning color was 93 percent, well ahead of last year’s 51 and 75 average. Sorghum mature was 3 percent, behind the 7 average.

Winter wheat seeding was 25 percent complete, near 27 last year and 23 average.

Dry beans conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 6 poor, 18 fair, 68 good, and 7 excellent, above last year. Dry bean acreage dropping leaves was 64 percent, ahead of last year’s 41 and 47 average. Dry beans harvested was 29 percent, ahead of 19 last year and 15 average.

Proso millet harvest was at 30 percent, ahead of 14 last year and 21 average.

Alfalfa rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 15 fair, 64 good, and 16 excellent. The fourth cutting of alfalfa progressed to

44 percent, well ahead of 24 last year and 32 average.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 18 fair, 66 good, and 11 excellent, above year ago levels.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 88 max, 31 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 86 max, 38 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 89 max, 39 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 93 max, 29 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 59% adequate, 0% surplus. Subsoil: 73% adequate, 0% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.04 – 111% of normal.

NC: .0.34 – 136% of normal.

CEN: 0.07 – 131% of normal.

SW: 0.22 – 122% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 44% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 92% Corn dent, 26% Corn mature, 2% Corn harvested, 64% Dry beans dropping leaves, 29% Dry beans harvested, 30% Proso millet harvested, 93% Sorghum turning color, 3% Sorghum mature, 69% Soybeans turning color, 20% Soybeans dropping leaves, 25% Winter wheat seeded.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending September 12, 2010

Temperatures early in the week dipped below freezing in parts of the Panhandle and Southwest impacting crops not yet mature. Corn harvest was underway in the southeastern third of the State and was advancing north and west. In Panhandle counties, wheat seeding was near 50 percent complete and dry bean and millet harvests were active. Irrigators continued shutting down systems, picking up pipe, and preparing equipment for harvest.

Temperatures averaged 1 degree below normal with highs reaching the low 90’s and lows below freezing in parts of the west. Limited amounts of rain fell during the week. The Northeast and North Central Districts averaged .34 inch and Southwest with .22 inch. The remainder of the State averaged less than .10 inch of precipitation for the week.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 13 fair, 57 good, and 26 excellent, above a year ago. Irrigated fields were 84 percent good or excellent and dryland fields rated 80. Corn reaching the dent stage was 92 percent, ahead of 83 percent last year and 89 average. Mature was at 26 percent, ahead of 9 percent last year and 22 average. Corn harvest has started and was 2 percent complete, same as average.

Soybean conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 3 poor, 15 fair, 55 good, and 25 excellent, near last year. Soybean acreage turning color was 69 percent, ahead of 65 last year and 66 average. Acreage dropping leaves was 20 percent, ahead of 12 last year and 17 average.

Sorghum conditions rated 2 percent poor, 19 fair, 58 good, and 21 excellent, above last year. Sorghum acreage turning color was 93 percent, well ahead of last year’s 51 and 75 average. Sorghum mature was 3 percent, behind the 7 average.

Winter wheat seeding was 25 percent complete, near 27 last year and 23 average.

Dry beans conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 6 poor, 18 fair, 68 good, and 7 excellent, above last year. Dry bean acreage dropping leaves was 64 percent, ahead of last year’s 41 and 47 average. Dry beans harvested was 29 percent, ahead of 19 last year and 15 average.

Proso millet harvest was at 30 percent, ahead of 14 last year and 21 average.

Alfalfa rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 15 fair, 64 good, and 16 excellent. The fourth cutting of alfalfa progressed to

44 percent, well ahead of 24 last year and 32 average.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 18 fair, 66 good, and 11 excellent, above year ago levels.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 88 max, 31 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 86 max, 38 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 89 max, 39 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 93 max, 29 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 59% adequate, 0% surplus. Subsoil: 73% adequate, 0% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.04 – 111% of normal.

NC: .0.34 – 136% of normal.

CEN: 0.07 – 131% of normal.

SW: 0.22 – 122% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 44% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 92% Corn dent, 26% Corn mature, 2% Corn harvested, 64% Dry beans dropping leaves, 29% Dry beans harvested, 30% Proso millet harvested, 93% Sorghum turning color, 3% Sorghum mature, 69% Soybeans turning color, 20% Soybeans dropping leaves, 25% Winter wheat seeded.