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Plains Edition USDA Information for 10-24-09

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending October 18, 2009

Wet soils and cool conditions slowed harvest of fall crops to a crawl. With only two days suitable for field work, soybean harvest crept forward to just over halfway complete and is a week behind average. Corn harvest has also been slow due to poor drying conditions. High grain moisture levels have resulted in progress being over two weeks behind the average. In the west, producers were busy harvesting sugar beets.

Temperatures averaged 11 degrees below normal across the state. The Panhandle, North Central and Southwest Districts saw highs in the 80’s and lows in the 20’s. All districts recorded lows near or below the freezing mark. Precipitation was widespread but limited. All districts, except the Panhandle, averaged at least a quarter of an inch of rainfall.

Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 5 poor, 11 fair, 54 good, and 28 excellent, above last year’s 76 percent good or excellent rating. Irrigated fields rated 83 percent good or excellent while dryland fields rated 79, both above year ago levels. Corn mature was 78 percent, behind last year’s 82 and 94 average. Corn harvested was 13 percent complete, behind last year’s 17 and eighteen days behind the 34 average.

Soybean harvest moved slowly to 55 percent complete, behind last year’s 72 and a week behind the 75 average.

Sorghum conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 19 fair, 52 good, and 25 excellent, even with last year’s 77 percent good or excellent condition. Sorghum mature was 76 percent, ahead of last year’s 63 but behind the 89 average. Sorghum harvest was 7 percent complete, near last year’s 8 but sixteen days behind the 30 average.

Dry beans harvested were 92 percent complete, behind last year’s 99 but ahead of the 90 average.

Winter wheat seeded was 95 percent, even with last year but near the 97 average. Winter wheat emerged was 78 percent, behind last year’s 85 and 86 average.

Proso millet harvest was 63 percent, behind last year’s 88 and the 85 average.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 4 poor, 20 fair, 57 good, and 17 excellent, well above last year’s 57 percent good or excellent condition.

TEMPERATURE DATA BY REGION

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 81 max, 20 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 82 max, 25 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 74 max, 26 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 86 max, 23 min.

TOPSOIL AND SUBSOIL MOISTURE

State Report: Topsoil: 88% adequate, 4% surplus. Subsoil: 82% adequate, 1% surplus.

PRECIPITATION IN INCHES

NW: 0.19 – 134% of normal.

NC: 0.28 – 114% of normal.

CEN: 0.37 – 99% of normal.

SW: 0.43 – 137% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 78% Corn mature, 13% Corn harvested, 92% Dry beans harvested, 63% Proso millet harvested, 76% Sorghum mature, 7% Sorghum harvested, 55% Soybeans harvested, 95% Winter wheat seeded, 78% Winter wheat emerged.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending October 18, 2009

Wet soils and cool conditions slowed harvest of fall crops to a crawl. With only two days suitable for field work, soybean harvest crept forward to just over halfway complete and is a week behind average. Corn harvest has also been slow due to poor drying conditions. High grain moisture levels have resulted in progress being over two weeks behind the average. In the west, producers were busy harvesting sugar beets.

Temperatures averaged 11 degrees below normal across the state. The Panhandle, North Central and Southwest Districts saw highs in the 80’s and lows in the 20’s. All districts recorded lows near or below the freezing mark. Precipitation was widespread but limited. All districts, except the Panhandle, averaged at least a quarter of an inch of rainfall.

Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 5 poor, 11 fair, 54 good, and 28 excellent, above last year’s 76 percent good or excellent rating. Irrigated fields rated 83 percent good or excellent while dryland fields rated 79, both above year ago levels. Corn mature was 78 percent, behind last year’s 82 and 94 average. Corn harvested was 13 percent complete, behind last year’s 17 and eighteen days behind the 34 average.

Soybean harvest moved slowly to 55 percent complete, behind last year’s 72 and a week behind the 75 average.

Sorghum conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 19 fair, 52 good, and 25 excellent, even with last year’s 77 percent good or excellent condition. Sorghum mature was 76 percent, ahead of last year’s 63 but behind the 89 average. Sorghum harvest was 7 percent complete, near last year’s 8 but sixteen days behind the 30 average.

Dry beans harvested were 92 percent complete, behind last year’s 99 but ahead of the 90 average.

Winter wheat seeded was 95 percent, even with last year but near the 97 average. Winter wheat emerged was 78 percent, behind last year’s 85 and 86 average.

Proso millet harvest was 63 percent, behind last year’s 88 and the 85 average.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 4 poor, 20 fair, 57 good, and 17 excellent, well above last year’s 57 percent good or excellent condition.

TEMPERATURE DATA BY REGION

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 81 max, 20 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 82 max, 25 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 74 max, 26 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 86 max, 23 min.

TOPSOIL AND SUBSOIL MOISTURE

State Report: Topsoil: 88% adequate, 4% surplus. Subsoil: 82% adequate, 1% surplus.

PRECIPITATION IN INCHES

NW: 0.19 – 134% of normal.

NC: 0.28 – 114% of normal.

CEN: 0.37 – 99% of normal.

SW: 0.43 – 137% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 78% Corn mature, 13% Corn harvested, 92% Dry beans harvested, 63% Proso millet harvested, 76% Sorghum mature, 7% Sorghum harvested, 55% Soybeans harvested, 95% Winter wheat seeded, 78% Winter wheat emerged.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending October 18, 2009

Wet soils and cool conditions slowed harvest of fall crops to a crawl. With only two days suitable for field work, soybean harvest crept forward to just over halfway complete and is a week behind average. Corn harvest has also been slow due to poor drying conditions. High grain moisture levels have resulted in progress being over two weeks behind the average. In the west, producers were busy harvesting sugar beets.

Temperatures averaged 11 degrees below normal across the state. The Panhandle, North Central and Southwest Districts saw highs in the 80’s and lows in the 20’s. All districts recorded lows near or below the freezing mark. Precipitation was widespread but limited. All districts, except the Panhandle, averaged at least a quarter of an inch of rainfall.

Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 5 poor, 11 fair, 54 good, and 28 excellent, above last year’s 76 percent good or excellent rating. Irrigated fields rated 83 percent good or excellent while dryland fields rated 79, both above year ago levels. Corn mature was 78 percent, behind last year’s 82 and 94 average. Corn harvested was 13 percent complete, behind last year’s 17 and eighteen days behind the 34 average.

Soybean harvest moved slowly to 55 percent complete, behind last year’s 72 and a week behind the 75 average.

Sorghum conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 19 fair, 52 good, and 25 excellent, even with last year’s 77 percent good or excellent condition. Sorghum mature was 76 percent, ahead of last year’s 63 but behind the 89 average. Sorghum harvest was 7 percent complete, near last year’s 8 but sixteen days behind the 30 average.

Dry beans harvested were 92 percent complete, behind last year’s 99 but ahead of the 90 average.

Winter wheat seeded was 95 percent, even with last year but near the 97 average. Winter wheat emerged was 78 percent, behind last year’s 85 and 86 average.

Proso millet harvest was 63 percent, behind last year’s 88 and the 85 average.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 4 poor, 20 fair, 57 good, and 17 excellent, well above last year’s 57 percent good or excellent condition.

TEMPERATURE DATA BY REGION

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 81 max, 20 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 82 max, 25 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 74 max, 26 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 86 max, 23 min.

TOPSOIL AND SUBSOIL MOISTURE

State Report: Topsoil: 88% adequate, 4% surplus. Subsoil: 82% adequate, 1% surplus.

PRECIPITATION IN INCHES

NW: 0.19 – 134% of normal.

NC: 0.28 – 114% of normal.

CEN: 0.37 – 99% of normal.

SW: 0.43 – 137% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 78% Corn mature, 13% Corn harvested, 92% Dry beans harvested, 63% Proso millet harvested, 76% Sorghum mature, 7% Sorghum harvested, 55% Soybeans harvested, 95% Winter wheat seeded, 78% Winter wheat emerged.


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