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Plains Edition USDA Information for 10-31-09

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending October 25, 2009

Little harvest progress was made due to wet, cool conditions. Snow fell the last half of the week in western and central counties. In addition, widespread rain and poor drying conditions limited the number of days suitable for field work. Corn harvest is now over three weeks behind the five-year average and the slowest progress since 1982. Soybean harvest is similar to 2007 at eleven days behind the average.

Temperatures averaged 5 degrees below normal across the state and ranged from highs in the mid 70’s to lows in the upper 20’s. Precipitation occurred statewide with the Northeast, Southwest and South Central Districts receiving two inches or more.

Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 2% very poor, 6 poor, 12 fair, 53 good, and 27 excellent, above last year’s 76% good or excellent rating. Irrigated fields rated 83% good or excellent while dryland fields rated 76, both above year ago levels. Corn mature was 87, near last year’s 86 but behind the average of 97. Corn harvested was 15% complete, behind last year’s 21 and 23 days behind the 47 average. Harvest progress is furthest along in southern counties; however, no district has reached 25% harvested.

Soybean harvest was 63% complete, behind last year’s 81 and eleven days behind the 85 average.

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Sorghum conditions rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 21 fair, 55 good, and 21 excellent, near last year’s 77% good or excellent condition. Sorghum mature was 88, well ahead of last year’s 70 but behind the average of 93. Sorghum harvested was 8% complete, behind last year’s 11 and three weeks behind the 43 average.

Winter wheat conditions rated 1% very poor, 2 poor, 31 fair, 60 good, and 6 excellent, below last year’s 76% good or excellent. Winter wheat emerged was 86%, behind last year’s 90 and the 93 average.

Dry beans harvested were 93% complete, behind last year’s 100 and the 96 average.

Proso millet harvest was 65% complete, well behind last year’s 95 and over three weeks behind the 93 average.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 2% very poor, 6 poor, 22 fair, 57 good, and 13 excellent, above last year’s 62% good or excellent condition.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 62 max, 24 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 63 max, 26 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 70 max, 26 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 74 max, 26 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 81% adequate, 16% surplus. Subsoil: 81% adequate, 6% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.27 – 134% of normal.

NC: 0.97 – 118% of normal.

CEN: 1.42 – 104% of normal.

SW: 2.07 – 148% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 87% Corn mature, 15% Corn harvested, 93% Dry beans harvested, 65% Proso millet harvested, 88% Sorghum mature, 8% Sorghum harvested, 63% Soybeans harvested, 86% Winter wheat emerged.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending October 25, 2009

Little harvest progress was made due to wet, cool conditions. Snow fell the last half of the week in western and central counties. In addition, widespread rain and poor drying conditions limited the number of days suitable for field work. Corn harvest is now over three weeks behind the five-year average and the slowest progress since 1982. Soybean harvest is similar to 2007 at eleven days behind the average.

Temperatures averaged 5 degrees below normal across the state and ranged from highs in the mid 70’s to lows in the upper 20’s. Precipitation occurred statewide with the Northeast, Southwest and South Central Districts receiving two inches or more.

Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 2% very poor, 6 poor, 12 fair, 53 good, and 27 excellent, above last year’s 76% good or excellent rating. Irrigated fields rated 83% good or excellent while dryland fields rated 76, both above year ago levels. Corn mature was 87, near last year’s 86 but behind the average of 97. Corn harvested was 15% complete, behind last year’s 21 and 23 days behind the 47 average. Harvest progress is furthest along in southern counties; however, no district has reached 25% harvested.

Soybean harvest was 63% complete, behind last year’s 81 and eleven days behind the 85 average.

Sorghum conditions rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 21 fair, 55 good, and 21 excellent, near last year’s 77% good or excellent condition. Sorghum mature was 88, well ahead of last year’s 70 but behind the average of 93. Sorghum harvested was 8% complete, behind last year’s 11 and three weeks behind the 43 average.

Winter wheat conditions rated 1% very poor, 2 poor, 31 fair, 60 good, and 6 excellent, below last year’s 76% good or excellent. Winter wheat emerged was 86%, behind last year’s 90 and the 93 average.

Dry beans harvested were 93% complete, behind last year’s 100 and the 96 average.

Proso millet harvest was 65% complete, well behind last year’s 95 and over three weeks behind the 93 average.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 2% very poor, 6 poor, 22 fair, 57 good, and 13 excellent, above last year’s 62% good or excellent condition.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 62 max, 24 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 63 max, 26 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 70 max, 26 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 74 max, 26 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 81% adequate, 16% surplus. Subsoil: 81% adequate, 6% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.27 – 134% of normal.

NC: 0.97 – 118% of normal.

CEN: 1.42 – 104% of normal.

SW: 2.07 – 148% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 87% Corn mature, 15% Corn harvested, 93% Dry beans harvested, 65% Proso millet harvested, 88% Sorghum mature, 8% Sorghum harvested, 63% Soybeans harvested, 86% Winter wheat emerged.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending October 25, 2009

Little harvest progress was made due to wet, cool conditions. Snow fell the last half of the week in western and central counties. In addition, widespread rain and poor drying conditions limited the number of days suitable for field work. Corn harvest is now over three weeks behind the five-year average and the slowest progress since 1982. Soybean harvest is similar to 2007 at eleven days behind the average.

Temperatures averaged 5 degrees below normal across the state and ranged from highs in the mid 70’s to lows in the upper 20’s. Precipitation occurred statewide with the Northeast, Southwest and South Central Districts receiving two inches or more.

Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 2% very poor, 6 poor, 12 fair, 53 good, and 27 excellent, above last year’s 76% good or excellent rating. Irrigated fields rated 83% good or excellent while dryland fields rated 76, both above year ago levels. Corn mature was 87, near last year’s 86 but behind the average of 97. Corn harvested was 15% complete, behind last year’s 21 and 23 days behind the 47 average. Harvest progress is furthest along in southern counties; however, no district has reached 25% harvested.

Soybean harvest was 63% complete, behind last year’s 81 and eleven days behind the 85 average.

Sorghum conditions rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 21 fair, 55 good, and 21 excellent, near last year’s 77% good or excellent condition. Sorghum mature was 88, well ahead of last year’s 70 but behind the average of 93. Sorghum harvested was 8% complete, behind last year’s 11 and three weeks behind the 43 average.

Winter wheat conditions rated 1% very poor, 2 poor, 31 fair, 60 good, and 6 excellent, below last year’s 76% good or excellent. Winter wheat emerged was 86%, behind last year’s 90 and the 93 average.

Dry beans harvested were 93% complete, behind last year’s 100 and the 96 average.

Proso millet harvest was 65% complete, well behind last year’s 95 and over three weeks behind the 93 average.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 2% very poor, 6 poor, 22 fair, 57 good, and 13 excellent, above last year’s 62% good or excellent condition.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 62 max, 24 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 63 max, 26 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 70 max, 26 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 74 max, 26 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 81% adequate, 16% surplus. Subsoil: 81% adequate, 6% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.27 – 134% of normal.

NC: 0.97 – 118% of normal.

CEN: 1.42 – 104% of normal.

SW: 2.07 – 148% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 87% Corn mature, 15% Corn harvested, 93% Dry beans harvested, 65% Proso millet harvested, 88% Sorghum mature, 8% Sorghum harvested, 63% Soybeans harvested, 86% Winter wheat emerged.