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Plains Edition USDA Information for 4-10-10

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending April 4, 2010

Windy and dry conditions prevailed across much of the state, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Above normal temperatures along with the wind helped to dry fields allowing for 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork. Feedlots also improved with warm, dry weather.

Soil temperatures warmed up and have reached the mid 50’s in the east while the soils in the west were in the upper 40’s. Many producers have been applying fertilizer, shredding stalks, disking, and getting machinery ready to plant. Winter wheat is starting to grow and rangeland is greening up. Spring calving was near three-fourths complete.

Temperatures averaged 8 degrees above normal throughout the state. The East Central and Southwest Districts were the warmest with highs in the mid 80s, while all districts reported lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Precipitation fell in the Northwest District late in the week with limited or no rainfall reported in the rest of the state.

Field Crops Report: Wheat conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 5 poor, 35 fair, 55 good, and 5 excellent, below last year’s 64 percent good to excellent.

Oats planted were at 15 percent, compared to last year’s 20 well behind the average of 25.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Cattle and Calves conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 6 poor, 29 fair, 62 good, and 2 excellent, below year ago levels. Calving progressed to 57 percent complete, near year a ago, with calf losses mostly average across the state. Cattle and calf condition rated 1 percent very poor, 6 poor, 29 fair, 62 good, and 2 excellent.

Spring calving was 74 percent complete. Calf losses rated 2 percent below average, 85 average, and 13 above average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 82 max, 23 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 83 max, 25 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 83 max, 23 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 86 max, 22 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 90% adequate, 6% surplus. Subsoil: 93% adequate, 6% surplus.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending April 4, 2010

Windy and dry conditions prevailed across much of the state, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Above normal temperatures along with the wind helped to dry fields allowing for 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork. Feedlots also improved with warm, dry weather.

Soil temperatures warmed up and have reached the mid 50’s in the east while the soils in the west were in the upper 40’s. Many producers have been applying fertilizer, shredding stalks, disking, and getting machinery ready to plant. Winter wheat is starting to grow and rangeland is greening up. Spring calving was near three-fourths complete.

Temperatures averaged 8 degrees above normal throughout the state. The East Central and Southwest Districts were the warmest with highs in the mid 80s, while all districts reported lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Precipitation fell in the Northwest District late in the week with limited or no rainfall reported in the rest of the state.

Field Crops Report: Wheat conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 5 poor, 35 fair, 55 good, and 5 excellent, below last year’s 64 percent good to excellent.

Oats planted were at 15 percent, compared to last year’s 20 well behind the average of 25.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Cattle and Calves conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 6 poor, 29 fair, 62 good, and 2 excellent, below year ago levels. Calving progressed to 57 percent complete, near year a ago, with calf losses mostly average across the state. Cattle and calf condition rated 1 percent very poor, 6 poor, 29 fair, 62 good, and 2 excellent.

Spring calving was 74 percent complete. Calf losses rated 2 percent below average, 85 average, and 13 above average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 82 max, 23 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 83 max, 25 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 83 max, 23 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 86 max, 22 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 90% adequate, 6% surplus. Subsoil: 93% adequate, 6% surplus.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending April 4, 2010

Windy and dry conditions prevailed across much of the state, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Above normal temperatures along with the wind helped to dry fields allowing for 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork. Feedlots also improved with warm, dry weather.

Soil temperatures warmed up and have reached the mid 50’s in the east while the soils in the west were in the upper 40’s. Many producers have been applying fertilizer, shredding stalks, disking, and getting machinery ready to plant. Winter wheat is starting to grow and rangeland is greening up. Spring calving was near three-fourths complete.

Temperatures averaged 8 degrees above normal throughout the state. The East Central and Southwest Districts were the warmest with highs in the mid 80s, while all districts reported lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. Precipitation fell in the Northwest District late in the week with limited or no rainfall reported in the rest of the state.

Field Crops Report: Wheat conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 5 poor, 35 fair, 55 good, and 5 excellent, below last year’s 64 percent good to excellent.

Oats planted were at 15 percent, compared to last year’s 20 well behind the average of 25.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Cattle and Calves conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 6 poor, 29 fair, 62 good, and 2 excellent, below year ago levels. Calving progressed to 57 percent complete, near year a ago, with calf losses mostly average across the state. Cattle and calf condition rated 1 percent very poor, 6 poor, 29 fair, 62 good, and 2 excellent.

Spring calving was 74 percent complete. Calf losses rated 2 percent below average, 85 average, and 13 above average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 82 max, 23 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 83 max, 25 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 83 max, 23 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 86 max, 22 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 90% adequate, 6% surplus. Subsoil: 93% adequate, 6% surplus.


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