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Plains Edition USDA Information for 3-5-11

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Month Ending February, 2011

Temperatures averaged 2 to 4 degrees below normal for the eastern half of the state and 6 to 10 degrees below normal for the western half. Precipitation in the central and southeastern counties was below normal while the remainder of state received above normal precipitation. Precipitation was light during February across the Central District with less than .15 inch recorded. Elsewhere, one half to one and a half inches were received. At the end of the month, snow depth was limited across the central third of the state, while northern and southern counties averaged one to three inches of snow cover. Hauling grain to market, preparation for spring planting and livestock care were the main activities during the month. Wheat condition continued well below year ago levels. Producers have been feeding cattle due to cold conditions with most feed supplies adequate. Cattle are in good condition with about one quarter of cows having calved.

Precipitation amounts varied during February across most of the state. Average snow depth at the end of January averaged less than 2 inches statewide. By region, snow depth was the heaviest across the northern third and southern third of the state and decreased in depth across the middle third of the state. Temperatures averaged below normal at the beginning and end of the month and above normal for the third week of the month. Average temperatures for the month got warmer moving from north to south across the state. During the last week of the month, soil temperatures ranged from 28 to 33 degrees. The coolest soils were in the North Central and Central districts and warmer in the other areas of the state.

Field Crops Report: Wheat conditions statewide rated 1 percent very poor, 12 poor, 47 fair, 37 good, and 3 excellent, below last year. Hay and forage supplies rated 0 percent very short, 6 short, 92 adequate, and 2 surplus, above a year ago.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Cattle and Calves condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 13 fair, 77 good, and 8 excellent, above last year. Calving progressed to 25% complete.

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

NORTHWEST: Wheat plants turned brown from bitter cold temperatures in early February. Moisture is needed as there is concern about crown and root survival due to dry conditions.

NORTHEAST: Primary activities have been grain marketing, care of livestock, and preparation for crop production season.

SOUTHWEST: Wheat conditions are fair to poor in the area. Reports on calving have been good. The area has received good moisture in the last month with snow and rainfall.

SOUTH CENTRAL: Soil and wheat conditions are very dry. The snow that we have received has not contained much moisture and the last snow just ran off when it melted. The recent snow we received had good moisture in it which may help. Farmers are calving but none have reported any loss over normal morality even with the extreme temperatures and wind chills.

SOUTHEAST: Not much activity. Calving operations primarily begin the 1st week of March. Snow cover is primarily gone. Moisture is a concern for spring.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Month Ending February, 2011

Temperatures averaged 2 to 4 degrees below normal for the eastern half of the state and 6 to 10 degrees below normal for the western half. Precipitation in the central and southeastern counties was below normal while the remainder of state received above normal precipitation. Precipitation was light during February across the Central District with less than .15 inch recorded. Elsewhere, one half to one and a half inches were received. At the end of the month, snow depth was limited across the central third of the state, while northern and southern counties averaged one to three inches of snow cover. Hauling grain to market, preparation for spring planting and livestock care were the main activities during the month. Wheat condition continued well below year ago levels. Producers have been feeding cattle due to cold conditions with most feed supplies adequate. Cattle are in good condition with about one quarter of cows having calved.

Precipitation amounts varied during February across most of the state. Average snow depth at the end of January averaged less than 2 inches statewide. By region, snow depth was the heaviest across the northern third and southern third of the state and decreased in depth across the middle third of the state. Temperatures averaged below normal at the beginning and end of the month and above normal for the third week of the month. Average temperatures for the month got warmer moving from north to south across the state. During the last week of the month, soil temperatures ranged from 28 to 33 degrees. The coolest soils were in the North Central and Central districts and warmer in the other areas of the state.

Field Crops Report: Wheat conditions statewide rated 1 percent very poor, 12 poor, 47 fair, 37 good, and 3 excellent, below last year. Hay and forage supplies rated 0 percent very short, 6 short, 92 adequate, and 2 surplus, above a year ago.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Cattle and Calves condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 13 fair, 77 good, and 8 excellent, above last year. Calving progressed to 25% complete.

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

NORTHWEST: Wheat plants turned brown from bitter cold temperatures in early February. Moisture is needed as there is concern about crown and root survival due to dry conditions.

NORTHEAST: Primary activities have been grain marketing, care of livestock, and preparation for crop production season.

SOUTHWEST: Wheat conditions are fair to poor in the area. Reports on calving have been good. The area has received good moisture in the last month with snow and rainfall.

SOUTH CENTRAL: Soil and wheat conditions are very dry. The snow that we have received has not contained much moisture and the last snow just ran off when it melted. The recent snow we received had good moisture in it which may help. Farmers are calving but none have reported any loss over normal morality even with the extreme temperatures and wind chills.

SOUTHEAST: Not much activity. Calving operations primarily begin the 1st week of March. Snow cover is primarily gone. Moisture is a concern for spring.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Month Ending February, 2011

Temperatures averaged 2 to 4 degrees below normal for the eastern half of the state and 6 to 10 degrees below normal for the western half. Precipitation in the central and southeastern counties was below normal while the remainder of state received above normal precipitation. Precipitation was light during February across the Central District with less than .15 inch recorded. Elsewhere, one half to one and a half inches were received. At the end of the month, snow depth was limited across the central third of the state, while northern and southern counties averaged one to three inches of snow cover. Hauling grain to market, preparation for spring planting and livestock care were the main activities during the month. Wheat condition continued well below year ago levels. Producers have been feeding cattle due to cold conditions with most feed supplies adequate. Cattle are in good condition with about one quarter of cows having calved.

Precipitation amounts varied during February across most of the state. Average snow depth at the end of January averaged less than 2 inches statewide. By region, snow depth was the heaviest across the northern third and southern third of the state and decreased in depth across the middle third of the state. Temperatures averaged below normal at the beginning and end of the month and above normal for the third week of the month. Average temperatures for the month got warmer moving from north to south across the state. During the last week of the month, soil temperatures ranged from 28 to 33 degrees. The coolest soils were in the North Central and Central districts and warmer in the other areas of the state.

Field Crops Report: Wheat conditions statewide rated 1 percent very poor, 12 poor, 47 fair, 37 good, and 3 excellent, below last year. Hay and forage supplies rated 0 percent very short, 6 short, 92 adequate, and 2 surplus, above a year ago.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Cattle and Calves condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 13 fair, 77 good, and 8 excellent, above last year. Calving progressed to 25% complete.

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

NORTHWEST: Wheat plants turned brown from bitter cold temperatures in early February. Moisture is needed as there is concern about crown and root survival due to dry conditions.

NORTHEAST: Primary activities have been grain marketing, care of livestock, and preparation for crop production season.

SOUTHWEST: Wheat conditions are fair to poor in the area. Reports on calving have been good. The area has received good moisture in the last month with snow and rainfall.

SOUTH CENTRAL: Soil and wheat conditions are very dry. The snow that we have received has not contained much moisture and the last snow just ran off when it melted. The recent snow we received had good moisture in it which may help. Farmers are calving but none have reported any loss over normal morality even with the extreme temperatures and wind chills.

SOUTHEAST: Not much activity. Calving operations primarily begin the 1st week of March. Snow cover is primarily gone. Moisture is a concern for spring.