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Plains Edition USDA Information for 10-17-09

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending October 11, 2009

Widespread rain, snow and cold temperatures caused harvest delays in many areas. Corn harvest continues to make slow progress because of high grain moisture levels. The first snow of the season fell the last half of the week, with accumulations of over twelve inches in some western counties. Livestock producers were weaning calves and moving cattle to stubble fields.

Temperatures averaged 16 degrees below normal across the state, ranging from low 70’s for highs to near single digits for lows. The majority of the state received over a half inch of moisture. There were record lows and record cold highs reported in areas around the state.

Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 3% very poor, 5 poor, 12 fair, 54 good, and 26 excellent, above last year’s 76% good or excellent rating. Irrigated fields rated 82% good or exc. while dryland fields rated 76, both above year ago levels. Corn mature was 76%, behind last year’s 77 and nine days behind the 89 average. Corn harvested was 10%, behind last year’s 13 and two weeks behind the 24 avg.

Soybean conditions rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 13 fair, 57 good, and 23 excellent, above last year’s 70% good or excellent condition. Soybeans dropping leaves were 95%, near last year’s 96 but behind the average of 98. Soybeans harvested were 45%, behind last year’s 58 and four days behind the 61 average.

Alfalfa fourth cutting was 87% complete, ahead of last year’s 83 and the 84 average.

Sorghum conditions rated 0% very poor, 2 poor, 21 fair, 54 good, and 23 excellent, near last year’s 76% good or exc. condition. Sorghum mature was 62%, ahead of last year’s 56 but behind the 82 average. Sorghum harvested was 6%, even with last year but ten days behind the 18 average.

Dry bean harvest was nearing completion at 91%, near last year’s 92 but ahead of the 81 average.

Winter wheat seeded was 92%, near last year’s 91 and 93 average. Winter wheat emerged was 67%, behind last year’s 74 and the 73 average.

Proso millet harvest was 62%, well behind last year’s 84 and the 80 average.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 2% very poor, 6 poor, 22 fair, 54 good, and 16 excellent, above last year’s 57% good or excellent condition.

TEMPERATURE DATA BY REGION

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 65 max, 11 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 66 max, 14 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 73 max, 20 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 72 max, 13 min.

TOPSOIL AND SUBSOIL MOISTURE

State Report: Topsoil: 89% adequate, 2% surplus. Subsoil: 82% adequate, 0% surplus.

PRECIPITATION IN INCHES

NW: 0.89 – 134% of normal.

NC: 1.08 – 115% of normal.

CEN: 0.55 – 99% of normal.

SW: 0.60 – 137% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 87% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 76% Corn mature, 10% Corn harvested, 91% Dry beans harvested, 62% Proso millet harvested, 96% Sorghum turning color, 62% Sorghum mature, 6% Sorghum harvested, 95% Soybeans dropping leaves, 45% Soybeans harvested, 92% Winter wheat seeded, 67% Winter wheat emerged.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending October 11, 2009

Widespread rain, snow and cold temperatures caused harvest delays in many areas. Corn harvest continues to make slow progress because of high grain moisture levels. The first snow of the season fell the last half of the week, with accumulations of over twelve inches in some western counties. Livestock producers were weaning calves and moving cattle to stubble fields.

Temperatures averaged 16 degrees below normal across the state, ranging from low 70’s for highs to near single digits for lows. The majority of the state received over a half inch of moisture. There were record lows and record cold highs reported in areas around the state.

Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 3% very poor, 5 poor, 12 fair, 54 good, and 26 excellent, above last year’s 76% good or excellent rating. Irrigated fields rated 82% good or exc. while dryland fields rated 76, both above year ago levels. Corn mature was 76%, behind last year’s 77 and nine days behind the 89 average. Corn harvested was 10%, behind last year’s 13 and two weeks behind the 24 avg.

Soybean conditions rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 13 fair, 57 good, and 23 excellent, above last year’s 70% good or excellent condition. Soybeans dropping leaves were 95%, near last year’s 96 but behind the average of 98. Soybeans harvested were 45%, behind last year’s 58 and four days behind the 61 average.

Alfalfa fourth cutting was 87% complete, ahead of last year’s 83 and the 84 average.

Sorghum conditions rated 0% very poor, 2 poor, 21 fair, 54 good, and 23 excellent, near last year’s 76% good or exc. condition. Sorghum mature was 62%, ahead of last year’s 56 but behind the 82 average. Sorghum harvested was 6%, even with last year but ten days behind the 18 average.

Dry bean harvest was nearing completion at 91%, near last year’s 92 but ahead of the 81 average.

Winter wheat seeded was 92%, near last year’s 91 and 93 average. Winter wheat emerged was 67%, behind last year’s 74 and the 73 average.

Proso millet harvest was 62%, well behind last year’s 84 and the 80 average.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 2% very poor, 6 poor, 22 fair, 54 good, and 16 excellent, above last year’s 57% good or excellent condition.

TEMPERATURE DATA BY REGION

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 65 max, 11 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 66 max, 14 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 73 max, 20 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 72 max, 13 min.

TOPSOIL AND SUBSOIL MOISTURE

State Report: Topsoil: 89% adequate, 2% surplus. Subsoil: 82% adequate, 0% surplus.

PRECIPITATION IN INCHES

NW: 0.89 – 134% of normal.

NC: 1.08 – 115% of normal.

CEN: 0.55 – 99% of normal.

SW: 0.60 – 137% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 87% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 76% Corn mature, 10% Corn harvested, 91% Dry beans harvested, 62% Proso millet harvested, 96% Sorghum turning color, 62% Sorghum mature, 6% Sorghum harvested, 95% Soybeans dropping leaves, 45% Soybeans harvested, 92% Winter wheat seeded, 67% Winter wheat emerged.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending October 11, 2009

Widespread rain, snow and cold temperatures caused harvest delays in many areas. Corn harvest continues to make slow progress because of high grain moisture levels. The first snow of the season fell the last half of the week, with accumulations of over twelve inches in some western counties. Livestock producers were weaning calves and moving cattle to stubble fields.

Temperatures averaged 16 degrees below normal across the state, ranging from low 70’s for highs to near single digits for lows. The majority of the state received over a half inch of moisture. There were record lows and record cold highs reported in areas around the state.

Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 3% very poor, 5 poor, 12 fair, 54 good, and 26 excellent, above last year’s 76% good or excellent rating. Irrigated fields rated 82% good or exc. while dryland fields rated 76, both above year ago levels. Corn mature was 76%, behind last year’s 77 and nine days behind the 89 average. Corn harvested was 10%, behind last year’s 13 and two weeks behind the 24 avg.

Soybean conditions rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 13 fair, 57 good, and 23 excellent, above last year’s 70% good or excellent condition. Soybeans dropping leaves were 95%, near last year’s 96 but behind the average of 98. Soybeans harvested were 45%, behind last year’s 58 and four days behind the 61 average.

Alfalfa fourth cutting was 87% complete, ahead of last year’s 83 and the 84 average.

Sorghum conditions rated 0% very poor, 2 poor, 21 fair, 54 good, and 23 excellent, near last year’s 76% good or exc. condition. Sorghum mature was 62%, ahead of last year’s 56 but behind the 82 average. Sorghum harvested was 6%, even with last year but ten days behind the 18 average.

Dry bean harvest was nearing completion at 91%, near last year’s 92 but ahead of the 81 average.

Winter wheat seeded was 92%, near last year’s 91 and 93 average. Winter wheat emerged was 67%, behind last year’s 74 and the 73 average.

Proso millet harvest was 62%, well behind last year’s 84 and the 80 average.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 2% very poor, 6 poor, 22 fair, 54 good, and 16 excellent, above last year’s 57% good or excellent condition.

TEMPERATURE DATA BY REGION

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 65 max, 11 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 66 max, 14 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 73 max, 20 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 72 max, 13 min.

TOPSOIL AND SUBSOIL MOISTURE

State Report: Topsoil: 89% adequate, 2% surplus. Subsoil: 82% adequate, 0% surplus.

PRECIPITATION IN INCHES

NW: 0.89 – 134% of normal.

NC: 1.08 – 115% of normal.

CEN: 0.55 – 99% of normal.

SW: 0.60 – 137% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 87% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 76% Corn mature, 10% Corn harvested, 91% Dry beans harvested, 62% Proso millet harvested, 96% Sorghum turning color, 62% Sorghum mature, 6% Sorghum harvested, 95% Soybeans dropping leaves, 45% Soybeans harvested, 92% Winter wheat seeded, 67% Winter wheat emerged.


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