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Plains Edition USDA Information for 4-2-11

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Month Ending March 2011

Temperatures and precipitation were below normal across much of the state, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Wheat condition continued well below year ago levels. During the last week of the month, soil temperatures ranged from 36 to 46 degrees. The coolest soils were in the North Central and North East districts and got warmer moving south and west across the state. Hauling grain to market, fertilizer application, planting preparation, and livestock care were the main activities during the month. Producers have been feeding cattle due to cold conditions with most feed supplies adequate. Cattle are in good condition with over half of cows having calved. Calf losses have been average or below for much of the state.

Precipitation was light during March across the southern half of the state with less than .5 inch recorded. Elsewhere, one half to one and a half inches were received. More precipitation was received in the north than over the south. Some late season snow fell across the state at the end of the month. Temperatures averaged 1 degree below normal for the month. 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.

Field Crops Report: Wheat conditions statewide rated 3 percent very poor, 14 poor, 43 fair, 36 good, and 4 excellent, below last year.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Cattle and Calves condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 17 fair, 73 good, and 9 excellent, above last year. Calving progressed to 60 percent complete, ahead of last year with calf losses mostly average across the state. Hay and forage supplies rated 0 percent very short, 4 short, 92 adequate, and 4 surplus, above a year ago.

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

NORTHWEST: low start to spring field work as snow and wet weather of last week slowed activity.

NORTHEAST: Hay supplies are a little below normal this year. Cows and baby calves all look good. Farmers are moving corn and soybeans to market and getting equipment ready for field work.

SOUTHWEST: Calving has been reported as good. Not much loss above normal. Producers are beginning to get into the fields with the warmer weather and wind drying things up. Wheat is in need of moisture throughout the month of April.

SOUTH CENTRAL: Folks are concerned that there may be some winter kill. The soil conditions are still dry. Wheat was slowly beginning to grow. Cattlemen had some very cold weather for calving earlier but weather has been mild the last two weeks. Region needs rain.

EAST CENTRAL: The area had 3-5 inches of wet, heavy snow last week. Getting planters ready and getting seed corn and soybeans are the main activities. The weather has been decent for calving.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Month Ending March 2011

Temperatures and precipitation were below normal across much of the state, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Wheat condition continued well below year ago levels. During the last week of the month, soil temperatures ranged from 36 to 46 degrees. The coolest soils were in the North Central and North East districts and got warmer moving south and west across the state. Hauling grain to market, fertilizer application, planting preparation, and livestock care were the main activities during the month. Producers have been feeding cattle due to cold conditions with most feed supplies adequate. Cattle are in good condition with over half of cows having calved. Calf losses have been average or below for much of the state.

Precipitation was light during March across the southern half of the state with less than .5 inch recorded. Elsewhere, one half to one and a half inches were received. More precipitation was received in the north than over the south. Some late season snow fell across the state at the end of the month. Temperatures averaged 1 degree below normal for the month. 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.

Field Crops Report: Wheat conditions statewide rated 3 percent very poor, 14 poor, 43 fair, 36 good, and 4 excellent, below last year.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Cattle and Calves condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 17 fair, 73 good, and 9 excellent, above last year. Calving progressed to 60 percent complete, ahead of last year with calf losses mostly average across the state. Hay and forage supplies rated 0 percent very short, 4 short, 92 adequate, and 4 surplus, above a year ago.

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

NORTHWEST: low start to spring field work as snow and wet weather of last week slowed activity.

NORTHEAST: Hay supplies are a little below normal this year. Cows and baby calves all look good. Farmers are moving corn and soybeans to market and getting equipment ready for field work.

SOUTHWEST: Calving has been reported as good. Not much loss above normal. Producers are beginning to get into the fields with the warmer weather and wind drying things up. Wheat is in need of moisture throughout the month of April.

SOUTH CENTRAL: Folks are concerned that there may be some winter kill. The soil conditions are still dry. Wheat was slowly beginning to grow. Cattlemen had some very cold weather for calving earlier but weather has been mild the last two weeks. Region needs rain.

EAST CENTRAL: The area had 3-5 inches of wet, heavy snow last week. Getting planters ready and getting seed corn and soybeans are the main activities. The weather has been decent for calving.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Month Ending March 2011

Temperatures and precipitation were below normal across much of the state, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Wheat condition continued well below year ago levels. During the last week of the month, soil temperatures ranged from 36 to 46 degrees. The coolest soils were in the North Central and North East districts and got warmer moving south and west across the state. Hauling grain to market, fertilizer application, planting preparation, and livestock care were the main activities during the month. Producers have been feeding cattle due to cold conditions with most feed supplies adequate. Cattle are in good condition with over half of cows having calved. Calf losses have been average or below for much of the state.

Precipitation was light during March across the southern half of the state with less than .5 inch recorded. Elsewhere, one half to one and a half inches were received. More precipitation was received in the north than over the south. Some late season snow fell across the state at the end of the month. Temperatures averaged 1 degree below normal for the month. 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.

Field Crops Report: Wheat conditions statewide rated 3 percent very poor, 14 poor, 43 fair, 36 good, and 4 excellent, below last year.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Cattle and Calves condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 17 fair, 73 good, and 9 excellent, above last year. Calving progressed to 60 percent complete, ahead of last year with calf losses mostly average across the state. Hay and forage supplies rated 0 percent very short, 4 short, 92 adequate, and 4 surplus, above a year ago.

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

NORTHWEST: low start to spring field work as snow and wet weather of last week slowed activity.

NORTHEAST: Hay supplies are a little below normal this year. Cows and baby calves all look good. Farmers are moving corn and soybeans to market and getting equipment ready for field work.

SOUTHWEST: Calving has been reported as good. Not much loss above normal. Producers are beginning to get into the fields with the warmer weather and wind drying things up. Wheat is in need of moisture throughout the month of April.

SOUTH CENTRAL: Folks are concerned that there may be some winter kill. The soil conditions are still dry. Wheat was slowly beginning to grow. Cattlemen had some very cold weather for calving earlier but weather has been mild the last two weeks. Region needs rain.

EAST CENTRAL: The area had 3-5 inches of wet, heavy snow last week. Getting planters ready and getting seed corn and soybeans are the main activities. The weather has been decent for calving.