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Plains Edition USDA Information for 5-5-7

Nebraska Crops/Weather summary

Week Ending April 29, 2012

Good planting progress was made until late in the week when widespread precipitation stopped fieldwork, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. While precipitation slowed field activities, the moisture was welcome. Corn planted jumped to 44 percent complete with 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork. Soybean planting was under way with 6 percent complete and the first fields of sorghum had been planted. Wheat jointed, at 67 percent, continued two weeks ahead of average with heads starting to show. Planting of oats was winding down while the first cutting of alfalfa continued well ahead of average. Accumulated growing degree days are ahead of normal. Weather Summary: Temperatures averaged 4 degrees above normal across the state. High temperatures ranged from the mid 90’s in the southern half of Nebraska to lows of 30 in the Central District. The highest levels of precipitation of over one inch fell in the Panhandle, North Central, Central and Southwest Districts. Lesser accumulations fell across the remainder of the state.

Field Crops Report

Corn planting advanced to 44 percent complete, well ahead of last year’s 12 and six days ahead of 23 average. Corn emerged stood at 4 percent compared to 1 last year and average. Soybean planting was 6 percent complete, ahead of 1 last year and 2 average. Sorghum planting was just under way at 1 percent completed. Wheat jointed was 67 percent, well ahead of last year’s 21 and 26 average. Wheat headed was 5 percent. Rust was a concern in parts of South Central and Southeast Districts. Wheat conditions rated 3 percent poor, 27 fair, 59 good, and 11 excellent, above last year’s 46 percent good to excellent and 62 average. Oats planted were at 93 percent, ahead of last year’s 77 and 85 average. Oats emerged was at 70 percent, well ahead of 39 last year and 44 average. Oats conditions rated 20 percent fair, 77 good, and 3 excellent. The first cutting of alfalfa was 12 percent completed. Concerns were expressed over insect activity. Alfalfa rated 4 percent poor, 30 fair, 53 good, and 13 excellent, below last year’s 77 percent good to excellent and 70 average.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report

Cattle conditions rated 6 percent fair, 73 good, and 21 excellent. Calving was 94 percent complete. Calf losses rated 34 percent below average and 66 average. Pasture and range conditions rated 5 percent poor, 33 fair, 56 good, and 6 excellent, below last year’s 68 good to excellent and average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff & Sidney

Temperature – 93 max, 33 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 89 max, 36 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 92 max, 29 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 95 max, 32 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 78% adequate, 5% surplus. Subsoil: 64% adequate, 1% surplus.

National Slaughter Cattle Summary

Week Ending april 27, 2012

Slaughter cattle sold 1.00-3.00 lower this week following sharp declines in the cattle futures early in the trading period. Many feedyards especially to the north traded only minimal numbers. Slaughter rates continue light and only giving a slight boost to beef prices. Boxed beef prices Friday morning averaged 188.95 up 2.75 from last Friday. The Choice/Select spread is at 3.41. Slaughter cattle on a national basis for negotiated cash trades through Friday morning totaled about 52,350 head. Last week’s total head count was 125,831.

Midwest Direct Markets:

Live Basis: Steers and Heifers 35-80 Percent Choice

1200-1400 lbs: 120.00-122.00

Dressed Basis: Steers and Heifers: 194.00

South Plains Direct Markets:

Live Basis: Steers and Heifers 35-65 percent Choice

1100-1400 lbs: 119.00-120.00

Slaughter Cows and Bulls (Average Yielding Prices):

Slaughter cows unevenly steady. Slaughter bulls steady to 3.00 lower. USDA’s Cutter cow carcass cut-out value Friday morning was 176.54 up 2.12 from last Friday.

Prices paid for average dressing:

%Lean Weight Colorado Oklahoma

Breakers 75-80% 1000-1600 85.50-89.00 90.50-93.50

Boners 80-85% 1000-1600 84.00-88.00 89.00-91.50

Lean 85-90% 1000-1400 81.00-84.50 81.00-84.50

Bulls 88-92% 1200-2300 95.00-99.00 108.00-113.00

Omaha afternoon wheat, corn, oats & soybeans

Monday, April 11, 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. Wednesday, May 02, 2012.

US No. 1 Hard Red Winter Wheat 5.40-5.94

US No. 2 Yellow Corn 5.95-6.27

US No. 2 Yellow Grain Sorghum 9.80-10.32

US No 1 Yellow Soybeans 13.77-14.53

March 2012 Monthly Prices:

Low High Average

US No. 1 Winter Wheat 5.40 5.94 5.71

US No. 2 Yellow Corn 5.95 6.27 6.13

No. 2 Yellow Grain Sorghum 9.80 10.32 10.10

US No. 1 Yellow Soybeans 13.77 14.53 14.17

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