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Plains Edition USDA Information for 5-7-11

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending May 1, 2011

Spring planting progress was slow to advance due to cool temperatures and additional rainfall. Field activities did however pick up at the end of the week as strong winds dried soils. For the week, only 3.5 days were considered suitable for fieldwork. Soil temperatures did increase last week but with most temperatures still in the low 50’s, the corn crop was slow to emerge. Cool season grasses, alfalfa and winter wheat showed some improvement during the week.

Temps averaged 6 degrees below normal across the state. High temperatures ranged from the mid 80’s in the southern half of Nebraska to lows below freezing in the Panhandle and Southwest District. The highest amount of precipitation of near one inch fell in the southern Panhandle. Lesser accumulations fell across the remainder of the state. For the month of April, all districts averaged above normal precipitation.

Field Crops Report: Corn planting advanced slowly to 15% complete, well behind last year’s 44 and one week behind 35 average. The first corn plants have emerged at 1% compared to 3 last year and 2 average.

Soybean planting was just under way and limited to 1% complete, behind 7 last year and 4 average.

Wheat conditions rated 1% very poor, 13 poor, 39 fair, 41 good, and 6 excellent, below last year’s 74% good to excellent and 63 average. Wheat jointed was 26%, behind last year’s 28 and 33 average.

Oats planted were at 81%, behind last year’s 92 and 90 average. Oats emerged was at 46%, behind 63 last year and 54 average.

Alfalfa rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 20 fair, 71 good, and 6 excellent, below last year’s 88% good to excellent.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Spring calving was 94% complete. Calf losses rated 10% below average, 88 average, and 2 above average. Pasture and range conditions rated 0% very poor, 5 poor, 26 fair, 64 good, and 5 excellent, well below last year’s 84 good to excellent but near 68 average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature -70 max, 24 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 78 max, 28 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 82 max, 29 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 85 max, 25 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 86% adequate, 4% surplus. Subsoil: 74% adequate, 2% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.65 – 138% of normal.

NC: .0.13 – 108% of normal.

CEN: 0.42 – 121% of normal.

SW: 0.33 – 121% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 15% Corn planted, 1 % Corn emerged, 81% Oats planted, 46% Oats emerged, 1 % Soybeans planted, 26% Wheat jointed.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending May 1, 2011

Spring planting progress was slow to advance due to cool temperatures and additional rainfall. Field activities did however pick up at the end of the week as strong winds dried soils. For the week, only 3.5 days were considered suitable for fieldwork. Soil temperatures did increase last week but with most temperatures still in the low 50’s, the corn crop was slow to emerge. Cool season grasses, alfalfa and winter wheat showed some improvement during the week.

Temps averaged 6 degrees below normal across the state. High temperatures ranged from the mid 80’s in the southern half of Nebraska to lows below freezing in the Panhandle and Southwest District. The highest amount of precipitation of near one inch fell in the southern Panhandle. Lesser accumulations fell across the remainder of the state. For the month of April, all districts averaged above normal precipitation.

Field Crops Report: Corn planting advanced slowly to 15% complete, well behind last year’s 44 and one week behind 35 average. The first corn plants have emerged at 1% compared to 3 last year and 2 average.

Soybean planting was just under way and limited to 1% complete, behind 7 last year and 4 average.

Wheat conditions rated 1% very poor, 13 poor, 39 fair, 41 good, and 6 excellent, below last year’s 74% good to excellent and 63 average. Wheat jointed was 26%, behind last year’s 28 and 33 average.

Oats planted were at 81%, behind last year’s 92 and 90 average. Oats emerged was at 46%, behind 63 last year and 54 average.

Alfalfa rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 20 fair, 71 good, and 6 excellent, below last year’s 88% good to excellent.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Spring calving was 94% complete. Calf losses rated 10% below average, 88 average, and 2 above average. Pasture and range conditions rated 0% very poor, 5 poor, 26 fair, 64 good, and 5 excellent, well below last year’s 84 good to excellent but near 68 average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature -70 max, 24 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 78 max, 28 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 82 max, 29 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 85 max, 25 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 86% adequate, 4% surplus. Subsoil: 74% adequate, 2% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.65 – 138% of normal.

NC: .0.13 – 108% of normal.

CEN: 0.42 – 121% of normal.

SW: 0.33 – 121% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 15% Corn planted, 1 % Corn emerged, 81% Oats planted, 46% Oats emerged, 1 % Soybeans planted, 26% Wheat jointed.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending May 1, 2011

Spring planting progress was slow to advance due to cool temperatures and additional rainfall. Field activities did however pick up at the end of the week as strong winds dried soils. For the week, only 3.5 days were considered suitable for fieldwork. Soil temperatures did increase last week but with most temperatures still in the low 50’s, the corn crop was slow to emerge. Cool season grasses, alfalfa and winter wheat showed some improvement during the week.

Temps averaged 6 degrees below normal across the state. High temperatures ranged from the mid 80’s in the southern half of Nebraska to lows below freezing in the Panhandle and Southwest District. The highest amount of precipitation of near one inch fell in the southern Panhandle. Lesser accumulations fell across the remainder of the state. For the month of April, all districts averaged above normal precipitation.

Field Crops Report: Corn planting advanced slowly to 15% complete, well behind last year’s 44 and one week behind 35 average. The first corn plants have emerged at 1% compared to 3 last year and 2 average.

Soybean planting was just under way and limited to 1% complete, behind 7 last year and 4 average.

Wheat conditions rated 1% very poor, 13 poor, 39 fair, 41 good, and 6 excellent, below last year’s 74% good to excellent and 63 average. Wheat jointed was 26%, behind last year’s 28 and 33 average.

Oats planted were at 81%, behind last year’s 92 and 90 average. Oats emerged was at 46%, behind 63 last year and 54 average.

Alfalfa rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 20 fair, 71 good, and 6 excellent, below last year’s 88% good to excellent.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Spring calving was 94% complete. Calf losses rated 10% below average, 88 average, and 2 above average. Pasture and range conditions rated 0% very poor, 5 poor, 26 fair, 64 good, and 5 excellent, well below last year’s 84 good to excellent but near 68 average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature -70 max, 24 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 78 max, 28 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 82 max, 29 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 85 max, 25 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 86% adequate, 4% surplus. Subsoil: 74% adequate, 2% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.65 – 138% of normal.

NC: .0.13 – 108% of normal.

CEN: 0.42 – 121% of normal.

SW: 0.33 – 121% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 15% Corn planted, 1 % Corn emerged, 81% Oats planted, 46% Oats emerged, 1 % Soybeans planted, 26% Wheat jointed.


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