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Plains Edition USDA Information for 4-24-10

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending April 18, 2010

Precipitation along with warmer temperatures covered most of the state, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Soil temperatures increased from last week and ranged from mid 50’s in the west to low 60’s in the east. Both topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies are above previous year and average. Corn planting had begun with five days suitable for fieldwork. Other activities included planting of oats and sugar beets, seed bed preparation, and fertilizer application. Pastures and rangeland continued to green up with producers beginning to move livestock to those areas.

Temperatures averaged 6 degrees above normal across the state. This week’s highs ranged from the mid 70’s to mid 80’s with lows in the upper 20’s to low 30’s. Precipitation fell later in the week with the South Central District receiving the most moisture while the Panhandle was mostly dry.

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. Corn planting was limited to 5 percent statewide. This is ahead of last year’s 3 and the five-year average of 4.

Wheat conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 5 poor, 29 fair, 60 good, and 6 excellent, close to the 68 percent good or excellent of last year but above 58 average. Wheat jointed was at 9 percent, ahead of last year’s 5 but behind 13 average.

Oats planted increased to 71 percent, ahead of last year’s 51 and the 64 average. Oats emerged was at 18 percent, ahead of last year’s 13 but behind the 20 average.

Alfalfa rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 14 fair, 77 good, and 8 excellent. Conditions are above last year’s 73 percent good or excellent condition.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Cattle and calves conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 19 fair, 74 good, 4 excellent. Spring calving was 88 percent complete. Calf losses rated 3 percent below average, 86 average, and 11 above average. Pasture and range conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 15 fair, 75 good, and 9 excellent, well above last year’s 64 good and excellent and 55 average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 77 max, 27 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 84 max, 27 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 84 max, 24 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 81 max, 31 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 89% adequate, 5% surplus. Subsoil: 93% adequate, 5% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: .07 – 88% of normal.

NC: .59 – 75% of normal.

CEN: .41 – 91% of normal.

SW: .57 – 156% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 5% Corn planted, 71% Oats planted, 18% Oats emerged, 9% Wheat jointed.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending April 18, 2010

Precipitation along with warmer temperatures covered most of the state, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Soil temperatures increased from last week and ranged from mid 50’s in the west to low 60’s in the east. Both topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies are above previous year and average. Corn planting had begun with five days suitable for fieldwork. Other activities included planting of oats and sugar beets, seed bed preparation, and fertilizer application. Pastures and rangeland continued to green up with producers beginning to move livestock to those areas.

Temperatures averaged 6 degrees above normal across the state. This week’s highs ranged from the mid 70’s to mid 80’s with lows in the upper 20’s to low 30’s. Precipitation fell later in the week with the South Central District receiving the most moisture while the Panhandle was mostly dry.

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. Corn planting was limited to 5 percent statewide. This is ahead of last year’s 3 and the five-year average of 4.

Wheat conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 5 poor, 29 fair, 60 good, and 6 excellent, close to the 68 percent good or excellent of last year but above 58 average. Wheat jointed was at 9 percent, ahead of last year’s 5 but behind 13 average.

Oats planted increased to 71 percent, ahead of last year’s 51 and the 64 average. Oats emerged was at 18 percent, ahead of last year’s 13 but behind the 20 average.

Alfalfa rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 14 fair, 77 good, and 8 excellent. Conditions are above last year’s 73 percent good or excellent condition.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Cattle and calves conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 19 fair, 74 good, 4 excellent. Spring calving was 88 percent complete. Calf losses rated 3 percent below average, 86 average, and 11 above average. Pasture and range conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 15 fair, 75 good, and 9 excellent, well above last year’s 64 good and excellent and 55 average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 77 max, 27 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 84 max, 27 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 84 max, 24 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 81 max, 31 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 89% adequate, 5% surplus. Subsoil: 93% adequate, 5% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: .07 – 88% of normal.

NC: .59 – 75% of normal.

CEN: .41 – 91% of normal.

SW: .57 – 156% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 5% Corn planted, 71% Oats planted, 18% Oats emerged, 9% Wheat jointed.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending April 18, 2010

Precipitation along with warmer temperatures covered most of the state, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Soil temperatures increased from last week and ranged from mid 50’s in the west to low 60’s in the east. Both topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies are above previous year and average. Corn planting had begun with five days suitable for fieldwork. Other activities included planting of oats and sugar beets, seed bed preparation, and fertilizer application. Pastures and rangeland continued to green up with producers beginning to move livestock to those areas.

Temperatures averaged 6 degrees above normal across the state. This week’s highs ranged from the mid 70’s to mid 80’s with lows in the upper 20’s to low 30’s. Precipitation fell later in the week with the South Central District receiving the most moisture while the Panhandle was mostly dry.

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. Corn planting was limited to 5 percent statewide. This is ahead of last year’s 3 and the five-year average of 4.

Wheat conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 5 poor, 29 fair, 60 good, and 6 excellent, close to the 68 percent good or excellent of last year but above 58 average. Wheat jointed was at 9 percent, ahead of last year’s 5 but behind 13 average.

Oats planted increased to 71 percent, ahead of last year’s 51 and the 64 average. Oats emerged was at 18 percent, ahead of last year’s 13 but behind the 20 average.

Alfalfa rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 14 fair, 77 good, and 8 excellent. Conditions are above last year’s 73 percent good or excellent condition.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Cattle and calves conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 19 fair, 74 good, 4 excellent. Spring calving was 88 percent complete. Calf losses rated 3 percent below average, 86 average, and 11 above average. Pasture and range conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 15 fair, 75 good, and 9 excellent, well above last year’s 64 good and excellent and 55 average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 77 max, 27 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 84 max, 27 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 84 max, 24 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 81 max, 31 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 89% adequate, 5% surplus. Subsoil: 93% adequate, 5% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: .07 – 88% of normal.

NC: .59 – 75% of normal.

CEN: .41 – 91% of normal.

SW: .57 – 156% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 5% Corn planted, 71% Oats planted, 18% Oats emerged, 9% Wheat jointed.


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