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NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Month Ending December 2009

Strong winter storms with blizzard conditions gave much of Nebraska a white Christmas. Corn harvest progressed slowly during the last half of the month. Heavy drifting in the eastern third of the state currently limits corn harvest.

During the second week temperatures turned bitter cold and averaged 18 degrees below normal with precipitation in the form of heavy snow. The last week temperatures averaged nine degrees below normal with precipitation in the form of freezing rain and snow. Livestock care was difficult with producers using hay and other supplemental feeds due to ice and snow cover and extreme low temperatures.

Depth of snow at the end of December averaged eight inches across the state with the Northeast District reporting the largest amount of snow cover at nearly 20 inches and the East Central District recording 13 inches. Much of the western half of the state recorded only minimal amounts of snow cover. Temperatures averaged below normal the entire month. During the last week of the month, soil temperatures ranged from a low of 24 in western parts of the state to a high of 34 in the east.

Field Crops Report: Corn harvested was at 96 percent complete compared to 93 percent for the week ending December 20, 2009.

Wheat conditions statewide rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 33 fair, 61 good, and 4 excellent, below last year.

Hay and forage supplies rated 0 percent very short, 6 short, 90 adequate, and 4 excellent, near a year ago.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Cattle and Calves condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 20 fair, 75 good, and 3 excellent, below last year’s 83 percent good or excellent.

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

NORTHWEST: Snow fall ranged from 30 inches to only 5 inches throughout the county. With snow and cold temps, we are seeing livestock being fed hay earlier than anticipated. There is still corn remaining in the field with high moisture and now there are snow drifts to contend with.

NORTHEAST: Acres of unharvested corn will remain in the field for a while. The snow has caused a great deal of work getting roughage to livestock in some situations. No wide spread reports of death loss at this time.

CENTRAL: Snow, cold, and wind have challenged cow-calf producers who are calving now. The weather has also slowed all livestock production and increased feed requirements. Grain farmers with corn still in the fields are finding north rows and/or end rows with snow drifts up to the tassels, restricting harvest.

EAST CENTRAL: Poor livestock conditions due to the cold and snow cover. Iced up water supplies and snowed in feed supplies. The few acres of corn that is not harvested is covered in snow drifts.

SOUTHWEST: Snow still is holding back final harvest of acres left. Could be spring before they are out now the way the snows have been coming and hanging in there. Cattle have been supplementally fed for the last month and it doesn’t look like that will change any time soon, therefore, making hay and feedstocks a premium price, but there isn’t a lot to buy due to drought this past summer.

SOUTHEAST: Heavy snow cover and frigid conditions could result in forage and hay shortages later in the winter and into spring.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Month Ending December 2009

Strong winter storms with blizzard conditions gave much of Nebraska a white Christmas. Corn harvest progressed slowly during the last half of the month. Heavy drifting in the eastern third of the state currently limits corn harvest.

During the second week temperatures turned bitter cold and averaged 18 degrees below normal with precipitation in the form of heavy snow. The last week temperatures averaged nine degrees below normal with precipitation in the form of freezing rain and snow. Livestock care was difficult with producers using hay and other supplemental feeds due to ice and snow cover and extreme low temperatures.

Depth of snow at the end of December averaged eight inches across the state with the Northeast District reporting the largest amount of snow cover at nearly 20 inches and the East Central District recording 13 inches. Much of the western half of the state recorded only minimal amounts of snow cover. Temperatures averaged below normal the entire month. During the last week of the month, soil temperatures ranged from a low of 24 in western parts of the state to a high of 34 in the east.

Field Crops Report: Corn harvested was at 96 percent complete compared to 93 percent for the week ending December 20, 2009.

Wheat conditions statewide rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 33 fair, 61 good, and 4 excellent, below last year.

Hay and forage supplies rated 0 percent very short, 6 short, 90 adequate, and 4 excellent, near a year ago.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Cattle and Calves condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 20 fair, 75 good, and 3 excellent, below last year’s 83 percent good or excellent.

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

NORTHWEST: Snow fall ranged from 30 inches to only 5 inches throughout the county. With snow and cold temps, we are seeing livestock being fed hay earlier than anticipated. There is still corn remaining in the field with high moisture and now there are snow drifts to contend with.

NORTHEAST: Acres of unharvested corn will remain in the field for a while. The snow has caused a great deal of work getting roughage to livestock in some situations. No wide spread reports of death loss at this time.

CENTRAL: Snow, cold, and wind have challenged cow-calf producers who are calving now. The weather has also slowed all livestock production and increased feed requirements. Grain farmers with corn still in the fields are finding north rows and/or end rows with snow drifts up to the tassels, restricting harvest.

EAST CENTRAL: Poor livestock conditions due to the cold and snow cover. Iced up water supplies and snowed in feed supplies. The few acres of corn that is not harvested is covered in snow drifts.

SOUTHWEST: Snow still is holding back final harvest of acres left. Could be spring before they are out now the way the snows have been coming and hanging in there. Cattle have been supplementally fed for the last month and it doesn’t look like that will change any time soon, therefore, making hay and feedstocks a premium price, but there isn’t a lot to buy due to drought this past summer.

SOUTHEAST: Heavy snow cover and frigid conditions could result in forage and hay shortages later in the winter and into spring.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Month Ending December 2009

Strong winter storms with blizzard conditions gave much of Nebraska a white Christmas. Corn harvest progressed slowly during the last half of the month. Heavy drifting in the eastern third of the state currently limits corn harvest.

During the second week temperatures turned bitter cold and averaged 18 degrees below normal with precipitation in the form of heavy snow. The last week temperatures averaged nine degrees below normal with precipitation in the form of freezing rain and snow. Livestock care was difficult with producers using hay and other supplemental feeds due to ice and snow cover and extreme low temperatures.

Depth of snow at the end of December averaged eight inches across the state with the Northeast District reporting the largest amount of snow cover at nearly 20 inches and the East Central District recording 13 inches. Much of the western half of the state recorded only minimal amounts of snow cover. Temperatures averaged below normal the entire month. During the last week of the month, soil temperatures ranged from a low of 24 in western parts of the state to a high of 34 in the east.

Field Crops Report: Corn harvested was at 96 percent complete compared to 93 percent for the week ending December 20, 2009.

Wheat conditions statewide rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 33 fair, 61 good, and 4 excellent, below last year.

Hay and forage supplies rated 0 percent very short, 6 short, 90 adequate, and 4 excellent, near a year ago.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Cattle and Calves condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 20 fair, 75 good, and 3 excellent, below last year’s 83 percent good or excellent.

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

NORTHWEST: Snow fall ranged from 30 inches to only 5 inches throughout the county. With snow and cold temps, we are seeing livestock being fed hay earlier than anticipated. There is still corn remaining in the field with high moisture and now there are snow drifts to contend with.

NORTHEAST: Acres of unharvested corn will remain in the field for a while. The snow has caused a great deal of work getting roughage to livestock in some situations. No wide spread reports of death loss at this time.

CENTRAL: Snow, cold, and wind have challenged cow-calf producers who are calving now. The weather has also slowed all livestock production and increased feed requirements. Grain farmers with corn still in the fields are finding north rows and/or end rows with snow drifts up to the tassels, restricting harvest.

EAST CENTRAL: Poor livestock conditions due to the cold and snow cover. Iced up water supplies and snowed in feed supplies. The few acres of corn that is not harvested is covered in snow drifts.

SOUTHWEST: Snow still is holding back final harvest of acres left. Could be spring before they are out now the way the snows have been coming and hanging in there. Cattle have been supplementally fed for the last month and it doesn’t look like that will change any time soon, therefore, making hay and feedstocks a premium price, but there isn’t a lot to buy due to drought this past summer.

SOUTHEAST: Heavy snow cover and frigid conditions could result in forage and hay shortages later in the winter and into spring.


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