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Plains Edition USDA Information for 1-2-2010

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending December 20, 2009

Corn harvest was limited due to snow cover and ice, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Harvest progress was slow, with only three days suitable for field work during the week. High grain moisture levels continue to be bothersome.

Depth of snow at the end of the third week of December averaged five inches across the state. The Southeast and South Central Districts reported the largest amount of snow cover at nearly 8 inches while the Southwest and Panhandle averaged two inches or less. Temperatures were four degrees below normal for the week and ranged from the 50’s for highs to lows of 13 below zero. No significant precipitation was recorded.

Field Crops Report: Corn harvested was 93 percent complete. Sorghum harvest was 98 percent complete.

The following are comments from Nebraska’s FSA County Executive Directors and County Extension Educators:

NORTHWEST: Much of the proso millet is swathed and laying on the ground under the snow. It will probably not be harvested now until late winter or early spring.

NORTHEAST: Corn harvest continues to be drawn out for a number of producers in both counties. Some expect to continue into January, weather permitting. Livestock on corn stubble continue to find feed in the fields that are available.

EAST CENTRAL: Some were trying to harvest corn Thursday and Friday and if no moisture comes in this weekend they will get what they can. Outside rows are over the ears with snow.

SOUTH CENTRAL: We have made a little progress in finishing some fields this week. There are still several fields that have not had a combine in them.

SOUTHEAST: Snow cover forcing extra feeding for beef cows and more rapid weathering of stalks.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 51 max, -11 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 49 max, -11 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 45 max, -13 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 53 max, -8 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 91% adequate, 5% surplus. Subsoil: 87% adequate, 4% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.00 – 140% of normal.

NC: 0.00 – 115% of normal.

CEN: 0.00 – 107% of normal.

SW: 0.00 – 149% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 93% Corn harvested, 98% Sorghum harvested.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending December 20, 2009

Corn harvest was limited due to snow cover and ice, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Harvest progress was slow, with only three days suitable for field work during the week. High grain moisture levels continue to be bothersome.

Depth of snow at the end of the third week of December averaged five inches across the state. The Southeast and South Central Districts reported the largest amount of snow cover at nearly 8 inches while the Southwest and Panhandle averaged two inches or less. Temperatures were four degrees below normal for the week and ranged from the 50’s for highs to lows of 13 below zero. No significant precipitation was recorded.

Field Crops Report: Corn harvested was 93 percent complete. Sorghum harvest was 98 percent complete.

The following are comments from Nebraska’s FSA County Executive Directors and County Extension Educators:

NORTHWEST: Much of the proso millet is swathed and laying on the ground under the snow. It will probably not be harvested now until late winter or early spring.

NORTHEAST: Corn harvest continues to be drawn out for a number of producers in both counties. Some expect to continue into January, weather permitting. Livestock on corn stubble continue to find feed in the fields that are available.

EAST CENTRAL: Some were trying to harvest corn Thursday and Friday and if no moisture comes in this weekend they will get what they can. Outside rows are over the ears with snow.

SOUTH CENTRAL: We have made a little progress in finishing some fields this week. There are still several fields that have not had a combine in them.

SOUTHEAST: Snow cover forcing extra feeding for beef cows and more rapid weathering of stalks.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 51 max, -11 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 49 max, -11 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 45 max, -13 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 53 max, -8 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 91% adequate, 5% surplus. Subsoil: 87% adequate, 4% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.00 – 140% of normal.

NC: 0.00 – 115% of normal.

CEN: 0.00 – 107% of normal.

SW: 0.00 – 149% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 93% Corn harvested, 98% Sorghum harvested.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending December 20, 2009

Corn harvest was limited due to snow cover and ice, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Harvest progress was slow, with only three days suitable for field work during the week. High grain moisture levels continue to be bothersome.

Depth of snow at the end of the third week of December averaged five inches across the state. The Southeast and South Central Districts reported the largest amount of snow cover at nearly 8 inches while the Southwest and Panhandle averaged two inches or less. Temperatures were four degrees below normal for the week and ranged from the 50’s for highs to lows of 13 below zero. No significant precipitation was recorded.

Field Crops Report: Corn harvested was 93 percent complete. Sorghum harvest was 98 percent complete.

The following are comments from Nebraska’s FSA County Executive Directors and County Extension Educators:

NORTHWEST: Much of the proso millet is swathed and laying on the ground under the snow. It will probably not be harvested now until late winter or early spring.

NORTHEAST: Corn harvest continues to be drawn out for a number of producers in both counties. Some expect to continue into January, weather permitting. Livestock on corn stubble continue to find feed in the fields that are available.

EAST CENTRAL: Some were trying to harvest corn Thursday and Friday and if no moisture comes in this weekend they will get what they can. Outside rows are over the ears with snow.

SOUTH CENTRAL: We have made a little progress in finishing some fields this week. There are still several fields that have not had a combine in them.

SOUTHEAST: Snow cover forcing extra feeding for beef cows and more rapid weathering of stalks.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 51 max, -11 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 49 max, -11 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 45 max, -13 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 53 max, -8 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 91% adequate, 5% surplus. Subsoil: 87% adequate, 4% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.00 – 140% of normal.

NC: 0.00 – 115% of normal.

CEN: 0.00 – 107% of normal.

SW: 0.00 – 149% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 93% Corn harvested, 98% Sorghum harvested.


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