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Plains Edition USDA Information for 4-9-11

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending April 3, 2011

Windy and warm conditions prevailed across much of the state, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Winter wheat development struggled with the lack of moisture. Producers had 3.2 days suitable for fieldwork and have been applying fertilizer, shredding stalks, disking, and getting machinery ready to plant. Soil temperatures in the northeast remained in the upper 30’s and have reached the lower to mid 40’s in the rest of the state. Spring calving was near three-fourths complete with favorable conditions. Rangeland is greening up and feedlots also improved with warm, dry weather.

Temperatures averaged 4 degrees above normal in the Panhandle to 6 degrees below normal in the Northeast District. Highs reached the upper 80’s in the west and all districts reported lows in the 20s. Most precipitation fell in the central third of the state with limited or no rainfall reported in the rest of the state.

Field Crops Report: Wheat conditions rated 3 percent very poor, 17 poor, 45 fair, 31 good, and 4 excellent, below last year’s 59 percent good to excellent.

Oats planted were at 18 percent, compared to last year’s 13 and ahead of the 17 average.

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Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Cattle and calf condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 17 fair, 72 good, and 10 excellent. Spring calving was 72 percent complete. Calf losses rated 10 percent below average, 87 average, and 3 above average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 84 max, 26 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 78 max, 26 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 82 max, 27 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 87 max, 25 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 51% adequate, 4% surplus. Subsoil: 51% adequate, 2% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.23

NC: .0.19

CEN: 0.37

SW: 0.32

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 18% Oats planted.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending April 3, 2011

Windy and warm conditions prevailed across much of the state, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Winter wheat development struggled with the lack of moisture. Producers had 3.2 days suitable for fieldwork and have been applying fertilizer, shredding stalks, disking, and getting machinery ready to plant. Soil temperatures in the northeast remained in the upper 30’s and have reached the lower to mid 40’s in the rest of the state. Spring calving was near three-fourths complete with favorable conditions. Rangeland is greening up and feedlots also improved with warm, dry weather.

Temperatures averaged 4 degrees above normal in the Panhandle to 6 degrees below normal in the Northeast District. Highs reached the upper 80’s in the west and all districts reported lows in the 20s. Most precipitation fell in the central third of the state with limited or no rainfall reported in the rest of the state.

Field Crops Report: Wheat conditions rated 3 percent very poor, 17 poor, 45 fair, 31 good, and 4 excellent, below last year’s 59 percent good to excellent.

Oats planted were at 18 percent, compared to last year’s 13 and ahead of the 17 average.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Cattle and calf condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 17 fair, 72 good, and 10 excellent. Spring calving was 72 percent complete. Calf losses rated 10 percent below average, 87 average, and 3 above average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 84 max, 26 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 78 max, 26 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 82 max, 27 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 87 max, 25 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 51% adequate, 4% surplus. Subsoil: 51% adequate, 2% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.23

NC: .0.19

CEN: 0.37

SW: 0.32

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 18% Oats planted.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending April 3, 2011

Windy and warm conditions prevailed across much of the state, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Winter wheat development struggled with the lack of moisture. Producers had 3.2 days suitable for fieldwork and have been applying fertilizer, shredding stalks, disking, and getting machinery ready to plant. Soil temperatures in the northeast remained in the upper 30’s and have reached the lower to mid 40’s in the rest of the state. Spring calving was near three-fourths complete with favorable conditions. Rangeland is greening up and feedlots also improved with warm, dry weather.

Temperatures averaged 4 degrees above normal in the Panhandle to 6 degrees below normal in the Northeast District. Highs reached the upper 80’s in the west and all districts reported lows in the 20s. Most precipitation fell in the central third of the state with limited or no rainfall reported in the rest of the state.

Field Crops Report: Wheat conditions rated 3 percent very poor, 17 poor, 45 fair, 31 good, and 4 excellent, below last year’s 59 percent good to excellent.

Oats planted were at 18 percent, compared to last year’s 13 and ahead of the 17 average.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Cattle and calf condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 17 fair, 72 good, and 10 excellent. Spring calving was 72 percent complete. Calf losses rated 10 percent below average, 87 average, and 3 above average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 84 max, 26 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 78 max, 26 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 82 max, 27 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 87 max, 25 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 51% adequate, 4% surplus. Subsoil: 51% adequate, 2% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.23

NC: .0.19

CEN: 0.37

SW: 0.32

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 18% Oats planted.