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Plains Edition USDA Information for 4-16-11

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending April 10, 2011

Windy conditions and above normal temperatures dried and warmed soils preparing the way for spring planting activities, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. The lack of moisture continued to weigh on winter wheat conditions. Producers had 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork and have been applying fertilizer, shredding stalks, and disking. The first fields of corn were planted but progress is limited statewide. Soil temperatures rose over the past week to upper 40’s in the north and mid 50’s in the south. Spring calving was 82 percent complete with calf losses average or below for the season.

Temperatures averaged up to 8 degrees above normal with warmest conditions in the eastern half of the state. The northern third of the state saw high temperatures in the low to mid 70’s while the southern two thirds were mid to upper 80’s. Low temperatures fell into the 20’s and 30’s. The extreme South East recorded over an inch of precipitation however rainfall was limited across the rest of the state.

Field Crops Report: Corn planting was just underway at 1 percent but limited across the state.

Wheat conditions rated 3 percent very poor, 17 poor, 44 fair, 33 good, and 3 excellent, below last year’s 64 percent good to excellent.

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Oats planted were at 33 percent, behind last year’s 39 but even with average. Oats emerged was at 2 percent.

Alfalfa rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 27 fair, 67 good, and 3 excellent, below 80 percent good to excellent last year.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Cattle and calf condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 10 fair, 77 good, and 12 excellent. Spring calving was 82 percent complete. Calf losses rated 12 percent below average, 86 average, and 2 above average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature -70 max, 21 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 77 max, 24 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 89 max, 25 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 90 max, 23 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 64% adequate, 1% surplus. Subsoil: 65% adequate, 1% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.30

NC: .0.02

CEN: 0.02

SW: 0.27

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 1% Corn planted, 33% Oats planted, 2% Oats emerged.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending April 10, 2011

Windy conditions and above normal temperatures dried and warmed soils preparing the way for spring planting activities, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. The lack of moisture continued to weigh on winter wheat conditions. Producers had 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork and have been applying fertilizer, shredding stalks, and disking. The first fields of corn were planted but progress is limited statewide. Soil temperatures rose over the past week to upper 40’s in the north and mid 50’s in the south. Spring calving was 82 percent complete with calf losses average or below for the season.

Temperatures averaged up to 8 degrees above normal with warmest conditions in the eastern half of the state. The northern third of the state saw high temperatures in the low to mid 70’s while the southern two thirds were mid to upper 80’s. Low temperatures fell into the 20’s and 30’s. The extreme South East recorded over an inch of precipitation however rainfall was limited across the rest of the state.

Field Crops Report: Corn planting was just underway at 1 percent but limited across the state.

Wheat conditions rated 3 percent very poor, 17 poor, 44 fair, 33 good, and 3 excellent, below last year’s 64 percent good to excellent.

Oats planted were at 33 percent, behind last year’s 39 but even with average. Oats emerged was at 2 percent.

Alfalfa rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 27 fair, 67 good, and 3 excellent, below 80 percent good to excellent last year.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Cattle and calf condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 10 fair, 77 good, and 12 excellent. Spring calving was 82 percent complete. Calf losses rated 12 percent below average, 86 average, and 2 above average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature -70 max, 21 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 77 max, 24 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 89 max, 25 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 90 max, 23 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 64% adequate, 1% surplus. Subsoil: 65% adequate, 1% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.30

NC: .0.02

CEN: 0.02

SW: 0.27

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 1% Corn planted, 33% Oats planted, 2% Oats emerged.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending April 10, 2011

Windy conditions and above normal temperatures dried and warmed soils preparing the way for spring planting activities, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. The lack of moisture continued to weigh on winter wheat conditions. Producers had 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork and have been applying fertilizer, shredding stalks, and disking. The first fields of corn were planted but progress is limited statewide. Soil temperatures rose over the past week to upper 40’s in the north and mid 50’s in the south. Spring calving was 82 percent complete with calf losses average or below for the season.

Temperatures averaged up to 8 degrees above normal with warmest conditions in the eastern half of the state. The northern third of the state saw high temperatures in the low to mid 70’s while the southern two thirds were mid to upper 80’s. Low temperatures fell into the 20’s and 30’s. The extreme South East recorded over an inch of precipitation however rainfall was limited across the rest of the state.

Field Crops Report: Corn planting was just underway at 1 percent but limited across the state.

Wheat conditions rated 3 percent very poor, 17 poor, 44 fair, 33 good, and 3 excellent, below last year’s 64 percent good to excellent.

Oats planted were at 33 percent, behind last year’s 39 but even with average. Oats emerged was at 2 percent.

Alfalfa rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 27 fair, 67 good, and 3 excellent, below 80 percent good to excellent last year.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Cattle and calf condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 10 fair, 77 good, and 12 excellent. Spring calving was 82 percent complete. Calf losses rated 12 percent below average, 86 average, and 2 above average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature -70 max, 21 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 77 max, 24 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 89 max, 25 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 90 max, 23 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 64% adequate, 1% surplus. Subsoil: 65% adequate, 1% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.30

NC: .0.02

CEN: 0.02

SW: 0.27

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 1% Corn planted, 33% Oats planted, 2% Oats emerged.