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Plains Edition USDA Information for 7-17-10

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending July 11, 2010

Rainfall delayed wheat harvest in western counties and limited the need for irrigation, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The rain and mild temperatures aided corn development as the crop entered the pollination stage. Soybean fields were sprayed for weeds and hay was harvested. Wind and hail this week again caused damage to scattered fields. Pastures are lush and green.

Rain fell across much of the state. The Southwest District received nearly two inches of precipitation while the Sandhills was the driest area with less than half an inch. Temperatures for the week averaged 5 degrees below normal with highs in the 90’s and lows in the 50’s.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 10 fair, 64 good, and 22 excellent. Irrigated fields were 86 percent good or excellent and dryland fields rated 87, both near year ago levels. Corn silked was 26 percent, ahead of last year’s 22, but behind the 28 average.

Soybean conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 3 poor, 15 fair, 63 good, and 17 excellent. Soybeans blooming was 38 percent, ahead of last year’s 28 but near the 40 average.

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The first fields of sorghum started to head.

Wheat turning color was nearly completed. Wheat ripe at 41 percent was behind 57 last year and ten days behind the 76 average. Wheat harvested was 22 percent, two days behind last year’s 26, and eight days behind the 47 average.

Proso Millet planted was 97 percent planted, ahead of last year’s 94 and equal to average.

Oats conditions rated 1 percent poor, 8 percent fair, 65 good, and 26 excellent. Oats headed was near completion. Oats harvested was 7 percent complete, equal to last year but behind the 21 average.

Dry beans conditions rated 1 percent poor, 18 fair, 71 good, and 10 excellent. Dry beans emerged was nearly complete and the first fields started to bloom.

Alfalfa rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 10 fair, 69 good, and 18 excellent. Second cutting of alfalfa was 66 percent complete, ahead of last year’s 50 and 57 average.

Wild Hay conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 1 poor, 6 fair, 72 good, and 20 excellent. Wild Hay harvested was 44 percent complete.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 6 fair, 75 good, and 18 excellent, well above year ago.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 90 max, 52 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 90 max, 55 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 88 max, 53 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 95 max, 53 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 86% adequate, 10% surplus. Subsoil: 89% adequate, 8% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 1.33 – 131% of normal.

NC: 0.46 – 146% of normal.

CEN: 0.90 – 145% of normal.

SW: 1.99 – 133% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 66% Alfalfa 2nd cutting, 26% Corn silked, 7% Oats harvested, 97% Proso millet planted, 38% Soybeans blooming, 2% Soybeans setting pods, 41% Wheat ripe, 22% Wheat harvested, 44% Wild hay harvested.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending July 11, 2010

Rainfall delayed wheat harvest in western counties and limited the need for irrigation, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The rain and mild temperatures aided corn development as the crop entered the pollination stage. Soybean fields were sprayed for weeds and hay was harvested. Wind and hail this week again caused damage to scattered fields. Pastures are lush and green.

Rain fell across much of the state. The Southwest District received nearly two inches of precipitation while the Sandhills was the driest area with less than half an inch. Temperatures for the week averaged 5 degrees below normal with highs in the 90’s and lows in the 50’s.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 10 fair, 64 good, and 22 excellent. Irrigated fields were 86 percent good or excellent and dryland fields rated 87, both near year ago levels. Corn silked was 26 percent, ahead of last year’s 22, but behind the 28 average.

Soybean conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 3 poor, 15 fair, 63 good, and 17 excellent. Soybeans blooming was 38 percent, ahead of last year’s 28 but near the 40 average.

The first fields of sorghum started to head.

Wheat turning color was nearly completed. Wheat ripe at 41 percent was behind 57 last year and ten days behind the 76 average. Wheat harvested was 22 percent, two days behind last year’s 26, and eight days behind the 47 average.

Proso Millet planted was 97 percent planted, ahead of last year’s 94 and equal to average.

Oats conditions rated 1 percent poor, 8 percent fair, 65 good, and 26 excellent. Oats headed was near completion. Oats harvested was 7 percent complete, equal to last year but behind the 21 average.

Dry beans conditions rated 1 percent poor, 18 fair, 71 good, and 10 excellent. Dry beans emerged was nearly complete and the first fields started to bloom.

Alfalfa rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 10 fair, 69 good, and 18 excellent. Second cutting of alfalfa was 66 percent complete, ahead of last year’s 50 and 57 average.

Wild Hay conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 1 poor, 6 fair, 72 good, and 20 excellent. Wild Hay harvested was 44 percent complete.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 6 fair, 75 good, and 18 excellent, well above year ago.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 90 max, 52 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 90 max, 55 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 88 max, 53 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 95 max, 53 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 86% adequate, 10% surplus. Subsoil: 89% adequate, 8% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 1.33 – 131% of normal.

NC: 0.46 – 146% of normal.

CEN: 0.90 – 145% of normal.

SW: 1.99 – 133% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 66% Alfalfa 2nd cutting, 26% Corn silked, 7% Oats harvested, 97% Proso millet planted, 38% Soybeans blooming, 2% Soybeans setting pods, 41% Wheat ripe, 22% Wheat harvested, 44% Wild hay harvested.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending July 11, 2010

Rainfall delayed wheat harvest in western counties and limited the need for irrigation, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The rain and mild temperatures aided corn development as the crop entered the pollination stage. Soybean fields were sprayed for weeds and hay was harvested. Wind and hail this week again caused damage to scattered fields. Pastures are lush and green.

Rain fell across much of the state. The Southwest District received nearly two inches of precipitation while the Sandhills was the driest area with less than half an inch. Temperatures for the week averaged 5 degrees below normal with highs in the 90’s and lows in the 50’s.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 10 fair, 64 good, and 22 excellent. Irrigated fields were 86 percent good or excellent and dryland fields rated 87, both near year ago levels. Corn silked was 26 percent, ahead of last year’s 22, but behind the 28 average.

Soybean conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 3 poor, 15 fair, 63 good, and 17 excellent. Soybeans blooming was 38 percent, ahead of last year’s 28 but near the 40 average.

The first fields of sorghum started to head.

Wheat turning color was nearly completed. Wheat ripe at 41 percent was behind 57 last year and ten days behind the 76 average. Wheat harvested was 22 percent, two days behind last year’s 26, and eight days behind the 47 average.

Proso Millet planted was 97 percent planted, ahead of last year’s 94 and equal to average.

Oats conditions rated 1 percent poor, 8 percent fair, 65 good, and 26 excellent. Oats headed was near completion. Oats harvested was 7 percent complete, equal to last year but behind the 21 average.

Dry beans conditions rated 1 percent poor, 18 fair, 71 good, and 10 excellent. Dry beans emerged was nearly complete and the first fields started to bloom.

Alfalfa rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 10 fair, 69 good, and 18 excellent. Second cutting of alfalfa was 66 percent complete, ahead of last year’s 50 and 57 average.

Wild Hay conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 1 poor, 6 fair, 72 good, and 20 excellent. Wild Hay harvested was 44 percent complete.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 6 fair, 75 good, and 18 excellent, well above year ago.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 90 max, 52 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 90 max, 55 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 88 max, 53 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 95 max, 53 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 86% adequate, 10% surplus. Subsoil: 89% adequate, 8% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 1.33 – 131% of normal.

NC: 0.46 – 146% of normal.

CEN: 0.90 – 145% of normal.

SW: 1.99 – 133% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 66% Alfalfa 2nd cutting, 26% Corn silked, 7% Oats harvested, 97% Proso millet planted, 38% Soybeans blooming, 2% Soybeans setting pods, 41% Wheat ripe, 22% Wheat harvested, 44% Wild hay harvested.