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Plains Edition USDA Information for 11-21-09

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending November 15, 2009

Another warm, dry week across much of the state allowed harvest to progress, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Corn harvest approached the halfway mark and is now three weeks behind average. The 2009 corn harvest now compares with the 1972 harvest. High grain moisture levels continue to limit progress as drying capacity is unable to keep up with demand. Corn harvest was most advanced in the Southeast District, while many Panhandle producers were again hindered by snow late in the week. Other activities throughout the state included moving cattle to stalk fields, fall tillage, and applying fertilizer where conditions allowed.

Temperatures averaged six degrees above normal across the state and ranged from highs near 70 to lows in the teens. Except for the Panhandle, there were limited amounts of precipitation recorded.

Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 6 poor, 13 fair, 53 good, and 26 excellent, near last year’s good or excellent rating. Irrigated fields rated 83 percent good or excellent while dryland fields rated 74, both above year ago levels. Corn harvested was 48 percent complete, well behind last year’s 66 and 21 days behind the

average of 86.

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Soybean harvest was 97 percent complete, behind last year’s 100 and the 99 average.

Sorghum harvest was 44 percent complete, behind last year’s 60 and 20 days behind the 87 average.

Winter wheat conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 29 fair, 59 good, and 11 excellent, below last year’s 82 percent good or excellent rating.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 20 fair, 60 good, and 15 excellent, above last year’s good or excellent condition.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 69 max, 13 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 64 max, 20 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 68 max, 24 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 67 max, 21 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 90% adequate, 8% surplus. Subsoil: 90% adequate, 4% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.25 – 142% of normal.

NC: 0.00 – 119% of normal.

CEN: 0.00 – 108% of normal.

SW: 0.02 – 150% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 48% Corn harvested, 44% Sorghum harvested, 97% Soybeans harvested.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending November 15, 2009

Another warm, dry week across much of the state allowed harvest to progress, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Corn harvest approached the halfway mark and is now three weeks behind average. The 2009 corn harvest now compares with the 1972 harvest. High grain moisture levels continue to limit progress as drying capacity is unable to keep up with demand. Corn harvest was most advanced in the Southeast District, while many Panhandle producers were again hindered by snow late in the week. Other activities throughout the state included moving cattle to stalk fields, fall tillage, and applying fertilizer where conditions allowed.

Temperatures averaged six degrees above normal across the state and ranged from highs near 70 to lows in the teens. Except for the Panhandle, there were limited amounts of precipitation recorded.

Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 6 poor, 13 fair, 53 good, and 26 excellent, near last year’s good or excellent rating. Irrigated fields rated 83 percent good or excellent while dryland fields rated 74, both above year ago levels. Corn harvested was 48 percent complete, well behind last year’s 66 and 21 days behind the

average of 86.

Soybean harvest was 97 percent complete, behind last year’s 100 and the 99 average.

Sorghum harvest was 44 percent complete, behind last year’s 60 and 20 days behind the 87 average.

Winter wheat conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 29 fair, 59 good, and 11 excellent, below last year’s 82 percent good or excellent rating.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 20 fair, 60 good, and 15 excellent, above last year’s good or excellent condition.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 69 max, 13 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 64 max, 20 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 68 max, 24 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 67 max, 21 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 90% adequate, 8% surplus. Subsoil: 90% adequate, 4% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.25 – 142% of normal.

NC: 0.00 – 119% of normal.

CEN: 0.00 – 108% of normal.

SW: 0.02 – 150% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 48% Corn harvested, 44% Sorghum harvested, 97% Soybeans harvested.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending November 15, 2009

Another warm, dry week across much of the state allowed harvest to progress, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Corn harvest approached the halfway mark and is now three weeks behind average. The 2009 corn harvest now compares with the 1972 harvest. High grain moisture levels continue to limit progress as drying capacity is unable to keep up with demand. Corn harvest was most advanced in the Southeast District, while many Panhandle producers were again hindered by snow late in the week. Other activities throughout the state included moving cattle to stalk fields, fall tillage, and applying fertilizer where conditions allowed.

Temperatures averaged six degrees above normal across the state and ranged from highs near 70 to lows in the teens. Except for the Panhandle, there were limited amounts of precipitation recorded.

Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 6 poor, 13 fair, 53 good, and 26 excellent, near last year’s good or excellent rating. Irrigated fields rated 83 percent good or excellent while dryland fields rated 74, both above year ago levels. Corn harvested was 48 percent complete, well behind last year’s 66 and 21 days behind the

average of 86.

Soybean harvest was 97 percent complete, behind last year’s 100 and the 99 average.

Sorghum harvest was 44 percent complete, behind last year’s 60 and 20 days behind the 87 average.

Winter wheat conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 29 fair, 59 good, and 11 excellent, below last year’s 82 percent good or excellent rating.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 20 fair, 60 good, and 15 excellent, above last year’s good or excellent condition.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 69 max, 13 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 64 max, 20 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 68 max, 24 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 67 max, 21 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 90% adequate, 8% surplus. Subsoil: 90% adequate, 4% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.25 – 142% of normal.

NC: 0.00 – 119% of normal.

CEN: 0.00 – 108% of normal.

SW: 0.02 – 150% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 48% Corn harvested, 44% Sorghum harvested, 97% Soybeans harvested.