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Plains Edition USDA Information for 7-31-10

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending July 25, 2010

Wheat harvest continued to move forward and was complete in all but Panhandle counties as limited precipitation allowed harvest to continue. Row crop development was now ahead of last year and near average for most crops. Irrigation was underway but limited because of mostly adequate soil moisture supplies. Storm damage was reported in portions of the state. Hay harvest continued to be a challenge with high humidity and showers hampering activities.

Rainfall occurred statewide but totals varied greatly. Heaviest amounts of 4 or more inches were recorded mid-week in extreme northeastern counties. Temperatures for the week averaged 1 degree below normal with highs in the mid 90’s and lows in the upper 50’s.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 11 fair, 62 good, and 23 exc. Irrigated fields were 83 percent good or excellent and dryland fields rated 87, both above year ago levels. Corn silked was 85 percent, ahead of last year’s 74 and 79 avg. Corn in the dough stage was 9 percent, near 7 last year and 11 average. Aerial spraying of fungicides was active.

Soybean conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 3 poor, 14 fair, 61 good, and 20 exc. Soybean acreage blooming was 73 percent, same as last year and near 75 average. Soybean acreage setting pods was 26 percent, ahead of 22 last year but behind 31 avg.

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Sorghum conditions rated 2 percent poor, 18 fair, 61 good, and 19 excellent. Sorghum headed was 21 percent, ahead of last year’s 5 and 14 avg.

Wheat ripe reached 95 percent, behind 98 last year and 99 average. Wheat harvested was 80 percent, near last year’s 81 but four days behind 90 average.

Oats conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 1 poor, 10 fair, 63 good, and 25 exc. Oats harvested was 54 percent complete, ahead of last year’s 41 but behind the 67 avg.

Dry beans conditions rated 4 poor, 15 fair, 70 good, and 11 excellent. Dry bean acreage blooming was 67 percent, ahead of last year’s 51 and 52 average. Acreage setting pods was 12 percent, near 11 last year and average.

Alfalfa rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 13 fair, 67 good, and 15 excellent. Second cutting of alfalfa was 83 percent complete, ahead of last year’s 81 but behind 86 average. The third cutting of alfalfa was underway at 9 percent, ahead of 4 last year but near 8 average.

Wild hay conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 1 poor, 9 fair, 72 good, and 17 excellent. Wild hay harvested was 67 percent complete. Access to some fields has been difficult because of high water tables and wet conditions.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 6 fair, 74 good, and 19 excellent, well above year ago.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 98 max, 53 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 95 max, 57 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 91 max, 56 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 99 max, 55 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 86% adequate, 5% surplus. Subsoil: 90% adequate, 6% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.61 – 124% of normal.

NC: 1.43 – 149% of normal.

CEN: 0.78 – 149% of normal.

SW: 0.49 – 125% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 83% Alfalfa 2nd cutting, 9% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 85% Corn silked, 9% Corn dough, 67% Dry beans blooming, 12% Cry beans setting pods, 54% Oats harvested, 21% Sorghum headed, 73% Soybeans blooming, 26% Soybeans setting pods, 95% Wheat ripe, 80% Wheat harvested, 67% Wild hay harvested.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending July 25, 2010

Wheat harvest continued to move forward and was complete in all but Panhandle counties as limited precipitation allowed harvest to continue. Row crop development was now ahead of last year and near average for most crops. Irrigation was underway but limited because of mostly adequate soil moisture supplies. Storm damage was reported in portions of the state. Hay harvest continued to be a challenge with high humidity and showers hampering activities.

Rainfall occurred statewide but totals varied greatly. Heaviest amounts of 4 or more inches were recorded mid-week in extreme northeastern counties. Temperatures for the week averaged 1 degree below normal with highs in the mid 90’s and lows in the upper 50’s.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 11 fair, 62 good, and 23 exc. Irrigated fields were 83 percent good or excellent and dryland fields rated 87, both above year ago levels. Corn silked was 85 percent, ahead of last year’s 74 and 79 avg. Corn in the dough stage was 9 percent, near 7 last year and 11 average. Aerial spraying of fungicides was active.

Soybean conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 3 poor, 14 fair, 61 good, and 20 exc. Soybean acreage blooming was 73 percent, same as last year and near 75 average. Soybean acreage setting pods was 26 percent, ahead of 22 last year but behind 31 avg.

Sorghum conditions rated 2 percent poor, 18 fair, 61 good, and 19 excellent. Sorghum headed was 21 percent, ahead of last year’s 5 and 14 avg.

Wheat ripe reached 95 percent, behind 98 last year and 99 average. Wheat harvested was 80 percent, near last year’s 81 but four days behind 90 average.

Oats conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 1 poor, 10 fair, 63 good, and 25 exc. Oats harvested was 54 percent complete, ahead of last year’s 41 but behind the 67 avg.

Dry beans conditions rated 4 poor, 15 fair, 70 good, and 11 excellent. Dry bean acreage blooming was 67 percent, ahead of last year’s 51 and 52 average. Acreage setting pods was 12 percent, near 11 last year and average.

Alfalfa rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 13 fair, 67 good, and 15 excellent. Second cutting of alfalfa was 83 percent complete, ahead of last year’s 81 but behind 86 average. The third cutting of alfalfa was underway at 9 percent, ahead of 4 last year but near 8 average.

Wild hay conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 1 poor, 9 fair, 72 good, and 17 excellent. Wild hay harvested was 67 percent complete. Access to some fields has been difficult because of high water tables and wet conditions.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 6 fair, 74 good, and 19 excellent, well above year ago.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 98 max, 53 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 95 max, 57 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 91 max, 56 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 99 max, 55 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 86% adequate, 5% surplus. Subsoil: 90% adequate, 6% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.61 – 124% of normal.

NC: 1.43 – 149% of normal.

CEN: 0.78 – 149% of normal.

SW: 0.49 – 125% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 83% Alfalfa 2nd cutting, 9% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 85% Corn silked, 9% Corn dough, 67% Dry beans blooming, 12% Cry beans setting pods, 54% Oats harvested, 21% Sorghum headed, 73% Soybeans blooming, 26% Soybeans setting pods, 95% Wheat ripe, 80% Wheat harvested, 67% Wild hay harvested.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending July 25, 2010

Wheat harvest continued to move forward and was complete in all but Panhandle counties as limited precipitation allowed harvest to continue. Row crop development was now ahead of last year and near average for most crops. Irrigation was underway but limited because of mostly adequate soil moisture supplies. Storm damage was reported in portions of the state. Hay harvest continued to be a challenge with high humidity and showers hampering activities.

Rainfall occurred statewide but totals varied greatly. Heaviest amounts of 4 or more inches were recorded mid-week in extreme northeastern counties. Temperatures for the week averaged 1 degree below normal with highs in the mid 90’s and lows in the upper 50’s.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 11 fair, 62 good, and 23 exc. Irrigated fields were 83 percent good or excellent and dryland fields rated 87, both above year ago levels. Corn silked was 85 percent, ahead of last year’s 74 and 79 avg. Corn in the dough stage was 9 percent, near 7 last year and 11 average. Aerial spraying of fungicides was active.

Soybean conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 3 poor, 14 fair, 61 good, and 20 exc. Soybean acreage blooming was 73 percent, same as last year and near 75 average. Soybean acreage setting pods was 26 percent, ahead of 22 last year but behind 31 avg.

Sorghum conditions rated 2 percent poor, 18 fair, 61 good, and 19 excellent. Sorghum headed was 21 percent, ahead of last year’s 5 and 14 avg.

Wheat ripe reached 95 percent, behind 98 last year and 99 average. Wheat harvested was 80 percent, near last year’s 81 but four days behind 90 average.

Oats conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 1 poor, 10 fair, 63 good, and 25 exc. Oats harvested was 54 percent complete, ahead of last year’s 41 but behind the 67 avg.

Dry beans conditions rated 4 poor, 15 fair, 70 good, and 11 excellent. Dry bean acreage blooming was 67 percent, ahead of last year’s 51 and 52 average. Acreage setting pods was 12 percent, near 11 last year and average.

Alfalfa rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 13 fair, 67 good, and 15 excellent. Second cutting of alfalfa was 83 percent complete, ahead of last year’s 81 but behind 86 average. The third cutting of alfalfa was underway at 9 percent, ahead of 4 last year but near 8 average.

Wild hay conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 1 poor, 9 fair, 72 good, and 17 excellent. Wild hay harvested was 67 percent complete. Access to some fields has been difficult because of high water tables and wet conditions.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 6 fair, 74 good, and 19 excellent, well above year ago.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 98 max, 53 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 95 max, 57 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 91 max, 56 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 99 max, 55 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 86% adequate, 5% surplus. Subsoil: 90% adequate, 6% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.61 – 124% of normal.

NC: 1.43 – 149% of normal.

CEN: 0.78 – 149% of normal.

SW: 0.49 – 125% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 83% Alfalfa 2nd cutting, 9% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 85% Corn silked, 9% Corn dough, 67% Dry beans blooming, 12% Cry beans setting pods, 54% Oats harvested, 21% Sorghum headed, 73% Soybeans blooming, 26% Soybeans setting pods, 95% Wheat ripe, 80% Wheat harvested, 67% Wild hay harvested.