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Plains Edition USDA Information for 4-23-11

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending April 17, 2011

Precipitation in the forms of rain and snow fell in the latter part of the week limiting corn planting progress. The much needed moisture was able to provide some improvement in winter wheat conditions. Producers had 4.0 days suitable for fieldwork and have been tilling fields, applying fertilizer, and planting spring crops. Soil temperatures fell the past week to lower 40’s in the north and west, but remained in the mid 50’s in the southeast. The winter-like storms made conditions for cows still calving difficult; however, pastures will benefit from the moisture.

Temperatures averaged from 1 to 8 degrees below normal across most of the state, but up to 4 degrees above normal recorded in the southeast corner. High temperatures ranged from the mid 60’s in the Panhandle to mid and upper 70’s in the eastern two thirds of the state. Low temperatures fell into the 20’s and 30’s. The highest levels of precipitation fell in the North East with the least amount received in the Panhandle. Precipitation totals ranged from a trace to over two inches recorded.

Field Crops Report: Corn planted stood at 3% compared to last year’s 4 and even with average.

Wheat conditions rated 2% very poor, 17 poor, 38 fair, 38 good, and 5 exc, below last year’s 66% good to excellent. Wheat jointed was 7%, below last year’s 8 and 10 avg.

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Oats planted were at 60%, behind last year’s 67 but ahead of 58 average. Oats emerged was at 6%, below 16 last year and 14 average.

Alfalfa rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 25 fair, 67 good, and 5 excellent, below 84% good to excellent last year.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Cattle and calf condition rated 0% very poor, 1 poor, 11 fair, 78 good, and 10 excellent. Spring calving was 85% complete. Calf losses rated 10% below average, 88 average, and 2 above average. Pasture and range conditions rated 0% very poor, 4 poor, 29 fair, 62 good, and 5 excellent, well below last year’s 84 good to excellent but above 62 average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature -67 max, 22 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 76 max, 23 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 78 max, 26 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 81 max, 24 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 79% adequate, 8% surplus. Subsoil: 72% adequate, 3% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.44

NC: .0.99

CEN: 2.26

SW: 1.33

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 3% Corn planted, 60% Oats planted, 6% Oats emerged, 7% Wheat jointed.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending April 17, 2011

Precipitation in the forms of rain and snow fell in the latter part of the week limiting corn planting progress. The much needed moisture was able to provide some improvement in winter wheat conditions. Producers had 4.0 days suitable for fieldwork and have been tilling fields, applying fertilizer, and planting spring crops. Soil temperatures fell the past week to lower 40’s in the north and west, but remained in the mid 50’s in the southeast. The winter-like storms made conditions for cows still calving difficult; however, pastures will benefit from the moisture.

Temperatures averaged from 1 to 8 degrees below normal across most of the state, but up to 4 degrees above normal recorded in the southeast corner. High temperatures ranged from the mid 60’s in the Panhandle to mid and upper 70’s in the eastern two thirds of the state. Low temperatures fell into the 20’s and 30’s. The highest levels of precipitation fell in the North East with the least amount received in the Panhandle. Precipitation totals ranged from a trace to over two inches recorded.

Field Crops Report: Corn planted stood at 3% compared to last year’s 4 and even with average.

Wheat conditions rated 2% very poor, 17 poor, 38 fair, 38 good, and 5 exc, below last year’s 66% good to excellent. Wheat jointed was 7%, below last year’s 8 and 10 avg.

Oats planted were at 60%, behind last year’s 67 but ahead of 58 average. Oats emerged was at 6%, below 16 last year and 14 average.

Alfalfa rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 25 fair, 67 good, and 5 excellent, below 84% good to excellent last year.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Cattle and calf condition rated 0% very poor, 1 poor, 11 fair, 78 good, and 10 excellent. Spring calving was 85% complete. Calf losses rated 10% below average, 88 average, and 2 above average. Pasture and range conditions rated 0% very poor, 4 poor, 29 fair, 62 good, and 5 excellent, well below last year’s 84 good to excellent but above 62 average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature -67 max, 22 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 76 max, 23 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 78 max, 26 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 81 max, 24 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 79% adequate, 8% surplus. Subsoil: 72% adequate, 3% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.44

NC: .0.99

CEN: 2.26

SW: 1.33

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 3% Corn planted, 60% Oats planted, 6% Oats emerged, 7% Wheat jointed.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending April 17, 2011

Precipitation in the forms of rain and snow fell in the latter part of the week limiting corn planting progress. The much needed moisture was able to provide some improvement in winter wheat conditions. Producers had 4.0 days suitable for fieldwork and have been tilling fields, applying fertilizer, and planting spring crops. Soil temperatures fell the past week to lower 40’s in the north and west, but remained in the mid 50’s in the southeast. The winter-like storms made conditions for cows still calving difficult; however, pastures will benefit from the moisture.

Temperatures averaged from 1 to 8 degrees below normal across most of the state, but up to 4 degrees above normal recorded in the southeast corner. High temperatures ranged from the mid 60’s in the Panhandle to mid and upper 70’s in the eastern two thirds of the state. Low temperatures fell into the 20’s and 30’s. The highest levels of precipitation fell in the North East with the least amount received in the Panhandle. Precipitation totals ranged from a trace to over two inches recorded.

Field Crops Report: Corn planted stood at 3% compared to last year’s 4 and even with average.

Wheat conditions rated 2% very poor, 17 poor, 38 fair, 38 good, and 5 exc, below last year’s 66% good to excellent. Wheat jointed was 7%, below last year’s 8 and 10 avg.

Oats planted were at 60%, behind last year’s 67 but ahead of 58 average. Oats emerged was at 6%, below 16 last year and 14 average.

Alfalfa rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 25 fair, 67 good, and 5 excellent, below 84% good to excellent last year.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Cattle and calf condition rated 0% very poor, 1 poor, 11 fair, 78 good, and 10 excellent. Spring calving was 85% complete. Calf losses rated 10% below average, 88 average, and 2 above average. Pasture and range conditions rated 0% very poor, 4 poor, 29 fair, 62 good, and 5 excellent, well below last year’s 84 good to excellent but above 62 average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature -67 max, 22 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 76 max, 23 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 78 max, 26 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 81 max, 24 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 79% adequate, 8% surplus. Subsoil: 72% adequate, 3% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.44

NC: .0.99

CEN: 2.26

SW: 1.33

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 3% Corn planted, 60% Oats planted, 6% Oats emerged, 7% Wheat jointed.