Plains Edition USDA Information for 5-19-12 |

Plains Edition USDA Information for 5-19-12

Nebraska Crops/Weather summary

Week Ending May 14, 2012

For the week ending May 13, 2012, both planting and crop development continued ahead of average, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Due to limited rainfall, topsoil moisture levels dropped again below average causing some producers to start pivots. Corn planted advanced to 91 percent with over half of the crop emerged. Soybean planting was near two weeks ahead of average with 60 percent complete. One quarter of the sorghum crop was planted. Wheat jointed was 95 percent with half of the crop headed, 18 days ahead of average. The first cutting of alfalfa neared the half way point and was 3 weeks ahead of average. Planting of proso millet was underway. Temperatures averaged 3 degrees below normal across the state. High temperatures ranged from the upper 80’s to lows of upper 20’s in the Panhandle. Little or no precipitation fell across the state with the Southeast District receiving the largest amounts but only averaging .2 inch of rain.

Field Crops Report

Corn planting advanced to 91 percent complete, 1 week ahead of 76 last year and average. Corn emerged stood at 57 percent, well ahead of 16 last year and 23 average. Soybean planting was 60 percent complete, ahead of 33 last year and 12 days ahead of 28 average. Soybeans emerged were 18 percent, ahead of 1 last year and 2 average. Sorghum planting was 25 percent complete, ahead of 14 last year and 6 days ahead of 11 average. Sorghum emerged was 4 percent, ahead of 1 last year. Oats emerged were at 93 percent, well ahead of 73 last year and 83 average. Oats conditions rated 2 percent poor, 21 fair, 73 good, and 4 excellent. Wheat jointed was 95 percent, well ahead of last year’s 64 and 67 average. Wheat headed was 52 percent, ahead of 1 last year and 18 days ahead of 4 average. The impact of freezing temperatures on wheat in the northern Panhandle is not yet known. The cool and dry weather slowed the advancement of disease in parts of the South Central and Southeast Districts. Wheat conditions rated 3 percent poor, 29 fair, 57 good, and 11 excellent, above last year’s 47 percent good to excellent and 64 average. The first fields of proso millet were planted. The first cutting of alfalfa was 44 percent complete, well ahead of 1 last year and 19 days ahead of 2 average. Concerns were expressed over insect activity. Alfalfa rated 4 percent poor, 24 fair, 56 good, and 16 excellent, near last year’s 71 percent good to excellent and 74 average. Wild hay conditions rated 1 percent poor, 23 fair, 73 good, and 3 excellent, above last year’s 45 percent good to excellent.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report

Pasture and range conditions rated 2 percent poor, 32 fair, 60 good, and 6 excellent, compared to last year’s 63 percent good to excellent and 70 average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff & Sidney

Temperature – 90 max, 26 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 90 max, 32 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 89 max, 22 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 89 max, 31 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 67% adequate, 1% surplus. Subsoil: 63% adequate, 1% surplus.

National Slaughter Cattle Summary

Week Ending May 11, 2012

Not enough trade to establish a market. No live cattle sales reported at this time. Boxed beef prices Friday morning averaged 185.99 down 2.21 from last Friday. The Choice/Select spread is at 5.89. Slaughter cattle on a national basis for negotiated cash trades through Friday morning totaled about 10,435 head. Last week’s total head count was 24,132.

Midwest Direct Markets:

Live Basis: Steers and Heifers 35-80 Percent Choice

1200-1400 lbs: No trade

Dressed Basis: Steers and Heifers: Not enough trade

South Plains Direct Markets:

Live Basis: Steers and Heifers 35-65 percent Choice

1100-1400 lbs: No trade

Slaughter Cows and Bulls (Average Yielding Prices):

Slaughter cows Steady to 2.00 higher. Slaughter bulls steady to 3.00 higher. USDA’s Cutter cow carcass cut-out value Friday morning was 179.01 up 1.80 from last Friday.

Prices paid for average dressing:

%Lean Weight Colorado Oklahoma

Breakers 75-80% 1000-1600 85.50-89.00 93.00-94.50

Boners 80-85% 1000-1600 85.00-88.00 93.00-96.00

Lean 85-90% 1000-1400 80.00-83.50 91.00-93.50

Bulls 88-92% 1200-2300 99.00 114.00-118.00

Omaha afternoon wheat, corn, oats & soybeans

Monday, May 17, 2012

Spot Cash Grain Prices: Prices bid or paid per bushel, except grain Sorghum per CWT., at rural Nebraska elevators as of 2:00 P.M. Thursday, May 17, 2012.

US No. 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat 5.77-6.37

US No. 2 Yellow Corn 6.13-6.50

US No. 2 Yellow Grain Sorghum 10.09-10.57

US No 1 Yellow Soybeans 13.30-14.06

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