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Plains Edition USDA Information for 10-10-09

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending October 4, 2009

Cool conditions slowed crop dry down and corn harvest progress. Corn moisture levels are still high in many areas limiting harvest which is twelve days behind the average. Soybean harvest is near last year but three days behind the average. In the west, dry bean harvest was nearing completion while sugar beet harvest was just picking up speed. Hard freezing temperatures during the week ended the growing season in a number of counties.



Temps averaged 8 degrees below normal across the state. Highs were in the 70’s with the exception of the Panhandle and Southwest districts where highs in the 80’s and 90’s were recorded. Most lows were in the mid to high 20’s. Much of the state was dry with only the Northeast and Northcentral districts receiving a quarter of an inch or more.

Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 12 fair, 55 good, and 26 excellent, above last year’s 76% good or exc. rating. Irrigated fields rated 83% good or exc., near year ago levels while dryland fields rated 76% above last year. Corn mature was 63%, ahead of last year’s 60 but eight days behind the 80 avg. Corn harvested was 6%, behind last year’s 8 and twelve days behind the 16 avg.



Soybean conditions rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 13 fair, 59 good, and 24 exc., well above last year’s 69% good or exc. cond. Soybeans dropping leaves were 91%, ahead of last year’s 85 but near the avg of 93. Soybeans harvested were 27%, near last year’s 28 but three days behind the 36 avg.

Alfalfa fourth cutting was 79% complete, ahead of last year’s 70 but near the 77 avg.

Sorghum conditions rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 20 fair, 57 good, and 20 exc., above last year’s 64% good or exc.cond. Sorghum turning color was 93%, behind last year’s 96 and the avg of 99. Sorghum mature was 30%, near last year’s 31 but twelve days behind the 69 avg. Sorghum harvested was 2%, even with last year but behind the 9 avg.

Dry beans harvested were 84%, ahead of last year’s 67 and eight days ahead of the 64 avg.

Winter wheat seeded was 85%, near last year’s 83 and even with the avg. Winter wheat emerged was 50%, near last year’s 49 but behind the 54 avg. Proso millet harvested was 47%, well behind last year’s 67 and the 70 avg.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 22 fair, 57 good, and 14 excellent, above last year’s 58% good or excellent condition.

TEMPERATURE DATA BY REGION

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 87 max, 23 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 75 max, 25 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 78 max, 28 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 92 max, 24 min.

TOPSOIL AND SUBSOIL MOISTURE

State Report: Topsoil: 75% adequate, 2% surplus. Subsoil: 80% adequate, 1% surplus.

PRECIPITATION IN INCHES

NW: 0.01 – 130% of normal.

NC: 0.36 – 110% of normal.

CEN: 0.07- 99% of normal.

SW: 0.00 – 135% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 79% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 63% Corn mature, 6% Corn harvested, 84% Dry beans harvested, 47% Proso millet harvested, 93% Sorghum turning color, 30% Sorghum mature, 2% Sorghum harvested, 91% Soybeans dropping leaves, 27% Soybeans harvested, 85% Winter wheat seeded, 50% Winter wheat emerged.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending October 4, 2009

Cool conditions slowed crop dry down and corn harvest progress. Corn moisture levels are still high in many areas limiting harvest which is twelve days behind the average. Soybean harvest is near last year but three days behind the average. In the west, dry bean harvest was nearing completion while sugar beet harvest was just picking up speed. Hard freezing temperatures during the week ended the growing season in a number of counties.

Temps averaged 8 degrees below normal across the state. Highs were in the 70’s with the exception of the Panhandle and Southwest districts where highs in the 80’s and 90’s were recorded. Most lows were in the mid to high 20’s. Much of the state was dry with only the Northeast and Northcentral districts receiving a quarter of an inch or more.

Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 12 fair, 55 good, and 26 excellent, above last year’s 76% good or exc. rating. Irrigated fields rated 83% good or exc., near year ago levels while dryland fields rated 76% above last year. Corn mature was 63%, ahead of last year’s 60 but eight days behind the 80 avg. Corn harvested was 6%, behind last year’s 8 and twelve days behind the 16 avg.

Soybean conditions rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 13 fair, 59 good, and 24 exc., well above last year’s 69% good or exc. cond. Soybeans dropping leaves were 91%, ahead of last year’s 85 but near the avg of 93. Soybeans harvested were 27%, near last year’s 28 but three days behind the 36 avg.

Alfalfa fourth cutting was 79% complete, ahead of last year’s 70 but near the 77 avg.

Sorghum conditions rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 20 fair, 57 good, and 20 exc., above last year’s 64% good or exc.cond. Sorghum turning color was 93%, behind last year’s 96 and the avg of 99. Sorghum mature was 30%, near last year’s 31 but twelve days behind the 69 avg. Sorghum harvested was 2%, even with last year but behind the 9 avg.

Dry beans harvested were 84%, ahead of last year’s 67 and eight days ahead of the 64 avg.

Winter wheat seeded was 85%, near last year’s 83 and even with the avg. Winter wheat emerged was 50%, near last year’s 49 but behind the 54 avg. Proso millet harvested was 47%, well behind last year’s 67 and the 70 avg.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 22 fair, 57 good, and 14 excellent, above last year’s 58% good or excellent condition.

TEMPERATURE DATA BY REGION

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 87 max, 23 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 75 max, 25 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 78 max, 28 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 92 max, 24 min.

TOPSOIL AND SUBSOIL MOISTURE

State Report: Topsoil: 75% adequate, 2% surplus. Subsoil: 80% adequate, 1% surplus.

PRECIPITATION IN INCHES

NW: 0.01 – 130% of normal.

NC: 0.36 – 110% of normal.

CEN: 0.07- 99% of normal.

SW: 0.00 – 135% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 79% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 63% Corn mature, 6% Corn harvested, 84% Dry beans harvested, 47% Proso millet harvested, 93% Sorghum turning color, 30% Sorghum mature, 2% Sorghum harvested, 91% Soybeans dropping leaves, 27% Soybeans harvested, 85% Winter wheat seeded, 50% Winter wheat emerged.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending October 4, 2009

Cool conditions slowed crop dry down and corn harvest progress. Corn moisture levels are still high in many areas limiting harvest which is twelve days behind the average. Soybean harvest is near last year but three days behind the average. In the west, dry bean harvest was nearing completion while sugar beet harvest was just picking up speed. Hard freezing temperatures during the week ended the growing season in a number of counties.

Temps averaged 8 degrees below normal across the state. Highs were in the 70’s with the exception of the Panhandle and Southwest districts where highs in the 80’s and 90’s were recorded. Most lows were in the mid to high 20’s. Much of the state was dry with only the Northeast and Northcentral districts receiving a quarter of an inch or more.

Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 12 fair, 55 good, and 26 excellent, above last year’s 76% good or exc. rating. Irrigated fields rated 83% good or exc., near year ago levels while dryland fields rated 76% above last year. Corn mature was 63%, ahead of last year’s 60 but eight days behind the 80 avg. Corn harvested was 6%, behind last year’s 8 and twelve days behind the 16 avg.

Soybean conditions rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 13 fair, 59 good, and 24 exc., well above last year’s 69% good or exc. cond. Soybeans dropping leaves were 91%, ahead of last year’s 85 but near the avg of 93. Soybeans harvested were 27%, near last year’s 28 but three days behind the 36 avg.

Alfalfa fourth cutting was 79% complete, ahead of last year’s 70 but near the 77 avg.

Sorghum conditions rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 20 fair, 57 good, and 20 exc., above last year’s 64% good or exc.cond. Sorghum turning color was 93%, behind last year’s 96 and the avg of 99. Sorghum mature was 30%, near last year’s 31 but twelve days behind the 69 avg. Sorghum harvested was 2%, even with last year but behind the 9 avg.

Dry beans harvested were 84%, ahead of last year’s 67 and eight days ahead of the 64 avg.

Winter wheat seeded was 85%, near last year’s 83 and even with the avg. Winter wheat emerged was 50%, near last year’s 49 but behind the 54 avg. Proso millet harvested was 47%, well behind last year’s 67 and the 70 avg.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 22 fair, 57 good, and 14 excellent, above last year’s 58% good or excellent condition.

TEMPERATURE DATA BY REGION

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 87 max, 23 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 75 max, 25 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 78 max, 28 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 92 max, 24 min.

TOPSOIL AND SUBSOIL MOISTURE

State Report: Topsoil: 75% adequate, 2% surplus. Subsoil: 80% adequate, 1% surplus.

PRECIPITATION IN INCHES

NW: 0.01 – 130% of normal.

NC: 0.36 – 110% of normal.

CEN: 0.07- 99% of normal.

SW: 0.00 – 135% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 79% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 63% Corn mature, 6% Corn harvested, 84% Dry beans harvested, 47% Proso millet harvested, 93% Sorghum turning color, 30% Sorghum mature, 2% Sorghum harvested, 91% Soybeans dropping leaves, 27% Soybeans harvested, 85% Winter wheat seeded, 50% Winter wheat emerged.


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