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Plains Edition USDA Information for 12-19-09

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending December 13, 2009

Wintery weather consisting of heavy snow, strong winds, and subzero temperatures stalled harvest. Limited harvest progress was made, with only 1.5 days suitable for field work during the week. Many eastern areas received a foot or more of snow on Tuesday and Wednesday. High grain moisture levels continue to be reported with cold air temperatures increasing drying expenses.

Depth of snow at the end of the second week of December averaged seven inches across the state. The Southeast and South Central Districts reported the largest amount of snow cover at 10 inches while the Southwest and Panhandle averaged less than five inches. Temperatures were eighteen degrees below normal for the week and ranged from the 40’s for highs to lows of -24. Precipitation was statewide in the form of snow.

Field Crops Report: Corn harvested was 91 percent complete. Sorghum harvest was 94 percent complete.

The following are comments from Nebraska’s FSA County Executive Directors and County Extension Educators:

NORTHWEST: Snow most of the week stalled corn harvest progress.

NORTHEAST: Harvest has stopped due to snow and cold conditions. Producers that have harvested after the snow are reporting that with the cold temperatures moisture in the corn is coming down. Snow has drifted into the fields and not all can be harvested.

EAST CENTRAL: For all practical purposes we are done with corn harvest, with only a few scattered patches still standing. We are probably 99.9% complete, which is good considering the recent weather. Snow drifts are higher than 12 inches in many areas – probably up to 4 ft. or more.

SOUTHEAST: A few fields remain unharvested due to the heavy snow we received last week. Cows are grazing stalk fields.

SOUTH CENTRAL: The corn harvest is still not complete. Snow of 12″ received Tuesday the 8th has caused deep drifts due to the high winds with the snow. Most of the corn will be harvested, but the moisture is still near 20%. It is hard to believe that the corn is still that wet being 90 days into corn harvest. Some will not be harvested until 2010. Risk Management is asking for crop evidence for 2009, but some will have to be delayed until a later date.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 42 max, -24 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 42 max, -17 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 31 max, -19 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 40 max, -15 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 91% adequate, 5% surplus. Subsoil: 87% adequate, 4% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.27 – 140% of normal.

NC: 0.35 – 116% of normal.

CEN: 0.47 – 108% of normal.

SW: 0.37 – 149% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 91% Corn harvested, 94% Sorghum harvested.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending December 13, 2009

Wintery weather consisting of heavy snow, strong winds, and subzero temperatures stalled harvest. Limited harvest progress was made, with only 1.5 days suitable for field work during the week. Many eastern areas received a foot or more of snow on Tuesday and Wednesday. High grain moisture levels continue to be reported with cold air temperatures increasing drying expenses.

Depth of snow at the end of the second week of December averaged seven inches across the state. The Southeast and South Central Districts reported the largest amount of snow cover at 10 inches while the Southwest and Panhandle averaged less than five inches. Temperatures were eighteen degrees below normal for the week and ranged from the 40’s for highs to lows of -24. Precipitation was statewide in the form of snow.

Field Crops Report: Corn harvested was 91 percent complete. Sorghum harvest was 94 percent complete.

The following are comments from Nebraska’s FSA County Executive Directors and County Extension Educators:

NORTHWEST: Snow most of the week stalled corn harvest progress.

NORTHEAST: Harvest has stopped due to snow and cold conditions. Producers that have harvested after the snow are reporting that with the cold temperatures moisture in the corn is coming down. Snow has drifted into the fields and not all can be harvested.

EAST CENTRAL: For all practical purposes we are done with corn harvest, with only a few scattered patches still standing. We are probably 99.9% complete, which is good considering the recent weather. Snow drifts are higher than 12 inches in many areas – probably up to 4 ft. or more.

SOUTHEAST: A few fields remain unharvested due to the heavy snow we received last week. Cows are grazing stalk fields.

SOUTH CENTRAL: The corn harvest is still not complete. Snow of 12″ received Tuesday the 8th has caused deep drifts due to the high winds with the snow. Most of the corn will be harvested, but the moisture is still near 20%. It is hard to believe that the corn is still that wet being 90 days into corn harvest. Some will not be harvested until 2010. Risk Management is asking for crop evidence for 2009, but some will have to be delayed until a later date.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 42 max, -24 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 42 max, -17 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 31 max, -19 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 40 max, -15 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 91% adequate, 5% surplus. Subsoil: 87% adequate, 4% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.27 – 140% of normal.

NC: 0.35 – 116% of normal.

CEN: 0.47 – 108% of normal.

SW: 0.37 – 149% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 91% Corn harvested, 94% Sorghum harvested.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending December 13, 2009

Wintery weather consisting of heavy snow, strong winds, and subzero temperatures stalled harvest. Limited harvest progress was made, with only 1.5 days suitable for field work during the week. Many eastern areas received a foot or more of snow on Tuesday and Wednesday. High grain moisture levels continue to be reported with cold air temperatures increasing drying expenses.

Depth of snow at the end of the second week of December averaged seven inches across the state. The Southeast and South Central Districts reported the largest amount of snow cover at 10 inches while the Southwest and Panhandle averaged less than five inches. Temperatures were eighteen degrees below normal for the week and ranged from the 40’s for highs to lows of -24. Precipitation was statewide in the form of snow.

Field Crops Report: Corn harvested was 91 percent complete. Sorghum harvest was 94 percent complete.

The following are comments from Nebraska’s FSA County Executive Directors and County Extension Educators:

NORTHWEST: Snow most of the week stalled corn harvest progress.

NORTHEAST: Harvest has stopped due to snow and cold conditions. Producers that have harvested after the snow are reporting that with the cold temperatures moisture in the corn is coming down. Snow has drifted into the fields and not all can be harvested.

EAST CENTRAL: For all practical purposes we are done with corn harvest, with only a few scattered patches still standing. We are probably 99.9% complete, which is good considering the recent weather. Snow drifts are higher than 12 inches in many areas – probably up to 4 ft. or more.

SOUTHEAST: A few fields remain unharvested due to the heavy snow we received last week. Cows are grazing stalk fields.

SOUTH CENTRAL: The corn harvest is still not complete. Snow of 12″ received Tuesday the 8th has caused deep drifts due to the high winds with the snow. Most of the corn will be harvested, but the moisture is still near 20%. It is hard to believe that the corn is still that wet being 90 days into corn harvest. Some will not be harvested until 2010. Risk Management is asking for crop evidence for 2009, but some will have to be delayed until a later date.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 42 max, -24 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 42 max, -17 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 31 max, -19 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 40 max, -15 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 91% adequate, 5% surplus. Subsoil: 87% adequate, 4% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.27 – 140% of normal.

NC: 0.35 – 116% of normal.

CEN: 0.47 – 108% of normal.

SW: 0.37 – 149% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 91% Corn harvested, 94% Sorghum harvested.


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