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Plains Edition USDA Information for 10-2-110

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending September 26, 2010

Crop harvest was hindered in the east by rain falling the latter part of the week. Drier conditions in the Panhandle allowed winter wheat seeding to approach the 90% mark. Soybean harvest gained momentum as the crop reached maturity. Grasshopper damage was reported in some pastures, while wind and hail caused damage to crops and property in scattered areas of the state. Calves were moved from pastures into feedlots and backgrounding operations.

The eastern third of the state received the most rainfall with areas of the Northeast District receiving 3 to 6 inches of precipitation. The Panhandle, Southwest, and South Central Districts were drier and averaged less than .5 inch of precipitation. Temperatures averaged 4 to 6 degrees above normal in all regions of the state except the North Central and Northeast Districts, which were 1 to 2 degree above normal. High temperatures were mainly in the upper 90’s and even reached the 100 degree mark in the Southwest District. Lows were recorded in the mid 30’s.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 1% very poor, 4 poor, 14 fair, 58 good, and 23 exc, above a year ago. Irrigated fields were 82% good or excellent and dryland fields rated 79. Corn mature was at 78%, well ahead of 30% last year and 59 avg. Corn harvest was 10% complete, ahead of 3 last year and 7 avg.

Soybean conditions rated 2% very poor, 4 poor, 18 fair, 55 good, and 21 exc, near last year. Acreage dropping leaves was 81%, ahead of 69 last year and 74 avg. Soybeans harvested was 9% ahead of 6 last year and 10 avg.

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Sorghum conditions rated 2% poor, 26 fair, 56 good, and 16 exc, above last year. Sorghum acreage turning color was 95%, ahead of last year’s 86 but equal to avg. Sorghum mature was 45%, ahead of last year’s 14 and 42 avg. Sorghum harvested was 2%, near the 3 avg.

Winter wheat seeding was 69% complete, near 70 last year but ahead of 67 avg. Winter wheat emerged was 25%, behind last year’s 42 and 31 avg.

Dry beans conditions rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 28 fair, 62 good, and 3 exc, above last year. Dry bean acreage dropping leaves was 92%, ahead of last year’s 91 and 84 avg. Dry beans harvested was 80%, well ahead of 61 last year and 48 avg.

Proso millet harvest was at 60%, ahead of 41 last year and 54 avg.

Alfalfa rated 2% very poor, 4 poor, 15 fair, 65 good, and 14 exc. The fourth cutting of alfalfa progressed to 77%, ahead of 73 last year and 69 avg.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 2 poor, 14 fair, 74 good, and 9 exc, above year ago levels.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 96 max, 35 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 94 max, 39 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 92 max, 37 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 100 max, 36 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 67% adequate, 3% surplus. Subsoil: 76% adequate, 2% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.13 – 108% of normal.

NC: .1.16 – 135% of normal.

CEN: 1.04 – 131% of normal.

SW: 0.33 – 119% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 77% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 78% Corn mature, 10% Corn harvested, 92% Dry beans dropping leaves, 80% Dry beans harvested, 60% Proso millet harvested, 95% Sorghum turning color, 45% Sorghum mature, 2% Sorghum headed, 81% Soybeans dropping leaves, 9% Soybeans harvested, 69% Winter wheat seeded, 25% Winter wheat emerged.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending September 26, 2010

Crop harvest was hindered in the east by rain falling the latter part of the week. Drier conditions in the Panhandle allowed winter wheat seeding to approach the 90% mark. Soybean harvest gained momentum as the crop reached maturity. Grasshopper damage was reported in some pastures, while wind and hail caused damage to crops and property in scattered areas of the state. Calves were moved from pastures into feedlots and backgrounding operations.

The eastern third of the state received the most rainfall with areas of the Northeast District receiving 3 to 6 inches of precipitation. The Panhandle, Southwest, and South Central Districts were drier and averaged less than .5 inch of precipitation. Temperatures averaged 4 to 6 degrees above normal in all regions of the state except the North Central and Northeast Districts, which were 1 to 2 degree above normal. High temperatures were mainly in the upper 90’s and even reached the 100 degree mark in the Southwest District. Lows were recorded in the mid 30’s.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 1% very poor, 4 poor, 14 fair, 58 good, and 23 exc, above a year ago. Irrigated fields were 82% good or excellent and dryland fields rated 79. Corn mature was at 78%, well ahead of 30% last year and 59 avg. Corn harvest was 10% complete, ahead of 3 last year and 7 avg.

Soybean conditions rated 2% very poor, 4 poor, 18 fair, 55 good, and 21 exc, near last year. Acreage dropping leaves was 81%, ahead of 69 last year and 74 avg. Soybeans harvested was 9% ahead of 6 last year and 10 avg.

Sorghum conditions rated 2% poor, 26 fair, 56 good, and 16 exc, above last year. Sorghum acreage turning color was 95%, ahead of last year’s 86 but equal to avg. Sorghum mature was 45%, ahead of last year’s 14 and 42 avg. Sorghum harvested was 2%, near the 3 avg.

Winter wheat seeding was 69% complete, near 70 last year but ahead of 67 avg. Winter wheat emerged was 25%, behind last year’s 42 and 31 avg.

Dry beans conditions rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 28 fair, 62 good, and 3 exc, above last year. Dry bean acreage dropping leaves was 92%, ahead of last year’s 91 and 84 avg. Dry beans harvested was 80%, well ahead of 61 last year and 48 avg.

Proso millet harvest was at 60%, ahead of 41 last year and 54 avg.

Alfalfa rated 2% very poor, 4 poor, 15 fair, 65 good, and 14 exc. The fourth cutting of alfalfa progressed to 77%, ahead of 73 last year and 69 avg.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 2 poor, 14 fair, 74 good, and 9 exc, above year ago levels.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 96 max, 35 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 94 max, 39 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 92 max, 37 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 100 max, 36 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 67% adequate, 3% surplus. Subsoil: 76% adequate, 2% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.13 – 108% of normal.

NC: .1.16 – 135% of normal.

CEN: 1.04 – 131% of normal.

SW: 0.33 – 119% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 77% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 78% Corn mature, 10% Corn harvested, 92% Dry beans dropping leaves, 80% Dry beans harvested, 60% Proso millet harvested, 95% Sorghum turning color, 45% Sorghum mature, 2% Sorghum headed, 81% Soybeans dropping leaves, 9% Soybeans harvested, 69% Winter wheat seeded, 25% Winter wheat emerged.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending September 26, 2010

Crop harvest was hindered in the east by rain falling the latter part of the week. Drier conditions in the Panhandle allowed winter wheat seeding to approach the 90% mark. Soybean harvest gained momentum as the crop reached maturity. Grasshopper damage was reported in some pastures, while wind and hail caused damage to crops and property in scattered areas of the state. Calves were moved from pastures into feedlots and backgrounding operations.

The eastern third of the state received the most rainfall with areas of the Northeast District receiving 3 to 6 inches of precipitation. The Panhandle, Southwest, and South Central Districts were drier and averaged less than .5 inch of precipitation. Temperatures averaged 4 to 6 degrees above normal in all regions of the state except the North Central and Northeast Districts, which were 1 to 2 degree above normal. High temperatures were mainly in the upper 90’s and even reached the 100 degree mark in the Southwest District. Lows were recorded in the mid 30’s.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 1% very poor, 4 poor, 14 fair, 58 good, and 23 exc, above a year ago. Irrigated fields were 82% good or excellent and dryland fields rated 79. Corn mature was at 78%, well ahead of 30% last year and 59 avg. Corn harvest was 10% complete, ahead of 3 last year and 7 avg.

Soybean conditions rated 2% very poor, 4 poor, 18 fair, 55 good, and 21 exc, near last year. Acreage dropping leaves was 81%, ahead of 69 last year and 74 avg. Soybeans harvested was 9% ahead of 6 last year and 10 avg.

Sorghum conditions rated 2% poor, 26 fair, 56 good, and 16 exc, above last year. Sorghum acreage turning color was 95%, ahead of last year’s 86 but equal to avg. Sorghum mature was 45%, ahead of last year’s 14 and 42 avg. Sorghum harvested was 2%, near the 3 avg.

Winter wheat seeding was 69% complete, near 70 last year but ahead of 67 avg. Winter wheat emerged was 25%, behind last year’s 42 and 31 avg.

Dry beans conditions rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 28 fair, 62 good, and 3 exc, above last year. Dry bean acreage dropping leaves was 92%, ahead of last year’s 91 and 84 avg. Dry beans harvested was 80%, well ahead of 61 last year and 48 avg.

Proso millet harvest was at 60%, ahead of 41 last year and 54 avg.

Alfalfa rated 2% very poor, 4 poor, 15 fair, 65 good, and 14 exc. The fourth cutting of alfalfa progressed to 77%, ahead of 73 last year and 69 avg.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 2 poor, 14 fair, 74 good, and 9 exc, above year ago levels.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 96 max, 35 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 94 max, 39 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 92 max, 37 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 100 max, 36 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 67% adequate, 3% surplus. Subsoil: 76% adequate, 2% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.13 – 108% of normal.

NC: .1.16 – 135% of normal.

CEN: 1.04 – 131% of normal.

SW: 0.33 – 119% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 77% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 78% Corn mature, 10% Corn harvested, 92% Dry beans dropping leaves, 80% Dry beans harvested, 60% Proso millet harvested, 95% Sorghum turning color, 45% Sorghum mature, 2% Sorghum headed, 81% Soybeans dropping leaves, 9% Soybeans harvested, 69% Winter wheat seeded, 25% Winter wheat emerged.