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Plains Edition USDA Information for 4-30-11

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending April 24, 2011

Cool, wet conditions continued for the second week, keeping soils wet and limiting spring planting activities, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Significant rainfall occurred in the Panhandle while the eastern two thirds of the state recorded less than one inch in most locations. This, coupled with temperatures well below normal, resulted in poor drying conditions with less than 2 days considered suitable for fieldwork. Producers watched soil temperatures decline as air temperatures averaged near 10 degrees below normal in many locations. Sunshine and warmer conditions are needed for planting progress to move forward. Cool season grasses, alfalfa and winter wheat showed some improvement during the week.

Temperatures averaged 6 to 12 degrees below normal across the state. High temperatures ranged from the low 70’s in the southern half of Nebraska to lows below freezing in all but the extreme southeast. Limited amounts of precipitation fell across eastern and southern counties while accumulations of an inch or more were common in the Panhandle.

Field Crops Report: Corn planting advanced slowly to 5 percent complete, well behind last year’s 20 and 15 average. Cool soil conditions have kept corn from emerging.

Wheat conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 14 poor, 40 fair, 40 good, and 4 excellent, below last year’s 73 percent good to excellent and 62 average. Wheat jointed was 10 percent, below last year’s 15 and 19 average.

Oats planted were at 68 percent, behind last year’s 83 and 78 average. Oats emerged was at 23 percent, behind 44 last year and 32 average.

Alfalfa rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 22 fair, 71 good, and 5 excellent, below last year’s 85 percent good to excellent.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Spring calving was 89 percent complete. Calf losses rated 12 percent below average, 86 average, and 2 above average. Pasture and range conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 5 poor, 28 fair, 62 good, and 5 excellent, well below last year’s 83 good to excellent but near 65 average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature -66 max, 22 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 64 max, 24 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 66 max, 28 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 67 max, 28 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 80% adequate, 10% surplus. Subsoil: 70% adequate, 4% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 1.49

NC: .0.97

CEN: 0.90

SW: 0.56

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 5% Corn planted, 68% Oats planted, 23% Oats emerged, 10% Wheat jointed.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending April 24, 2011

Cool, wet conditions continued for the second week, keeping soils wet and limiting spring planting activities, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Significant rainfall occurred in the Panhandle while the eastern two thirds of the state recorded less than one inch in most locations. This, coupled with temperatures well below normal, resulted in poor drying conditions with less than 2 days considered suitable for fieldwork. Producers watched soil temperatures decline as air temperatures averaged near 10 degrees below normal in many locations. Sunshine and warmer conditions are needed for planting progress to move forward. Cool season grasses, alfalfa and winter wheat showed some improvement during the week.

Temperatures averaged 6 to 12 degrees below normal across the state. High temperatures ranged from the low 70’s in the southern half of Nebraska to lows below freezing in all but the extreme southeast. Limited amounts of precipitation fell across eastern and southern counties while accumulations of an inch or more were common in the Panhandle.

Field Crops Report: Corn planting advanced slowly to 5 percent complete, well behind last year’s 20 and 15 average. Cool soil conditions have kept corn from emerging.

Wheat conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 14 poor, 40 fair, 40 good, and 4 excellent, below last year’s 73 percent good to excellent and 62 average. Wheat jointed was 10 percent, below last year’s 15 and 19 average.

Oats planted were at 68 percent, behind last year’s 83 and 78 average. Oats emerged was at 23 percent, behind 44 last year and 32 average.

Alfalfa rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 22 fair, 71 good, and 5 excellent, below last year’s 85 percent good to excellent.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Spring calving was 89 percent complete. Calf losses rated 12 percent below average, 86 average, and 2 above average. Pasture and range conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 5 poor, 28 fair, 62 good, and 5 excellent, well below last year’s 83 good to excellent but near 65 average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature -66 max, 22 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 64 max, 24 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 66 max, 28 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 67 max, 28 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 80% adequate, 10% surplus. Subsoil: 70% adequate, 4% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 1.49

NC: .0.97

CEN: 0.90

SW: 0.56

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 5% Corn planted, 68% Oats planted, 23% Oats emerged, 10% Wheat jointed.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending April 24, 2011

Cool, wet conditions continued for the second week, keeping soils wet and limiting spring planting activities, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Significant rainfall occurred in the Panhandle while the eastern two thirds of the state recorded less than one inch in most locations. This, coupled with temperatures well below normal, resulted in poor drying conditions with less than 2 days considered suitable for fieldwork. Producers watched soil temperatures decline as air temperatures averaged near 10 degrees below normal in many locations. Sunshine and warmer conditions are needed for planting progress to move forward. Cool season grasses, alfalfa and winter wheat showed some improvement during the week.

Temperatures averaged 6 to 12 degrees below normal across the state. High temperatures ranged from the low 70’s in the southern half of Nebraska to lows below freezing in all but the extreme southeast. Limited amounts of precipitation fell across eastern and southern counties while accumulations of an inch or more were common in the Panhandle.

Field Crops Report: Corn planting advanced slowly to 5 percent complete, well behind last year’s 20 and 15 average. Cool soil conditions have kept corn from emerging.

Wheat conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 14 poor, 40 fair, 40 good, and 4 excellent, below last year’s 73 percent good to excellent and 62 average. Wheat jointed was 10 percent, below last year’s 15 and 19 average.

Oats planted were at 68 percent, behind last year’s 83 and 78 average. Oats emerged was at 23 percent, behind 44 last year and 32 average.

Alfalfa rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 22 fair, 71 good, and 5 excellent, below last year’s 85 percent good to excellent.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Spring calving was 89 percent complete. Calf losses rated 12 percent below average, 86 average, and 2 above average. Pasture and range conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 5 poor, 28 fair, 62 good, and 5 excellent, well below last year’s 83 good to excellent but near 65 average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature -66 max, 22 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 64 max, 24 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 66 max, 28 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 67 max, 28 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 80% adequate, 10% surplus. Subsoil: 70% adequate, 4% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 1.49

NC: .0.97

CEN: 0.90

SW: 0.56

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 5% Corn planted, 68% Oats planted, 23% Oats emerged, 10% Wheat jointed.


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