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Plains Edition USDA Information for 7-4-09

• NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending June 28, 2009

Warm temperatures and high humidity helped push crop development. Over three-fourths of the wheat was turning color and the first fields have been harvested in the Southeast and South Central Districts. Farmers were focused on applying herbicides and baling hay. Livestock producers were busy trying to keep animals from over heating due to the high temps combined with high humidity. Significant losses were reported in several counties.

Temps avgd 2 degrees above normal; however, temperatures in the Panhandle were below normal. The highs ranged into triple digits to lows in the high 40’s. Over a half inch of rain was recorded in all districts except for the East Central and Northeast Districts. Both top soil and subsoil moisture conditions are the best they have been since 2000.

• Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 1% very poor, 4 poor, 13 fair, 56 good, and 26 exc, well above last year’s 70% good/exc rating. Irrigated fields rated 81% good or exc with dryland fields rated 83, both above year ago levels.

Soybean conditions rated 1% very poor, 2 poor, 12 fair, 62 good, and 23 exc, well above last year’s 69% good or exc condition. Soybeans blooming were 2% complete ahead of last year but behind the 8 avg.

Wheat conditions rated 2% very poor, 6 poor, 19 fair, 54 good, and 19 exc, well above last year’s 58% good or exc condition. Wheat turning color was 77%, ahead of last year’s 72 but six days behind the avg of 87. Wheat ripe was 13%, ahead of last year’s 3 but 6 days behind the avg of 32. The first fields were being harvested.

Alfalfa conditions rated 2% very poor, 8 poor, 25 fair, 53 good, and 12 exc, below last year’s 74% good/exc condition. First cutting was 92% complete, ahead of last year’s 88 but behind the avg of 96. Second cutting was 15% complete, well ahead of last year’s 4 but behind 21 avg.

Oat conditions rated 0% very poor, 7 poor, 9 fair, 66 good, and 18 exc, below last year’s 91% good/exc condition. Oats headed was 86%, near last year’s 83 but behind the 91 avg. The first fields have been harvested for grain.

Sorghum conditions rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 22 fair, 64 good, and 11 exc, above last year’s 69% good/exc condition. Sorghum emerged was 96%, ahead of last year’s 92 but even with the avg.

Dry Bean conditions rated 2% very poor, 15 poor, 24 fair, 49 good, and 10 exc, well above the 44% good/exc last year. Dry bean emerged was 80%, behind last year’s 88 and the 90 avg.

Proso millet planted was 66%, a week behind last year’s 88 and six days behind the 82 avg.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 18 fair, 59 good, and 20 exc, above last year’s 71% good/exc cond.

• Temperature Data by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 93 max, 49 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 93 max, 49 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 96 max, 48 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 97 max, 52 min.

• Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 88% adequate, 7% surplus. Subsoil: 88% adequate, 5% surplus.

• precipitation in inches

NW: 0.94 – 148% of normal.

NC: 0.98 – 98% of normal.

CEN: 1.21 – 104% of normal.

SW: 0.86 – 137% of normal.

• FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 92% Alfalfa 1st cutting, 15% Alfalfa 2nd cutting, 80% Dry beans emerged, 86% Oats headed, 66% Proso millet planted, 96% Sorghum emerged, 2% Soybeans blooming, 77% Wheat turning color, 13% Wheat ripe.

• NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending June 28, 2009

Warm temperatures and high humidity helped push crop development. Over three-fourths of the wheat was turning color and the first fields have been harvested in the Southeast and South Central Districts. Farmers were focused on applying herbicides and baling hay. Livestock producers were busy trying to keep animals from over heating due to the high temps combined with high humidity. Significant losses were reported in several counties.

Temps avgd 2 degrees above normal; however, temperatures in the Panhandle were below normal. The highs ranged into triple digits to lows in the high 40’s. Over a half inch of rain was recorded in all districts except for the East Central and Northeast Districts. Both top soil and subsoil moisture conditions are the best they have been since 2000.

• Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 1% very poor, 4 poor, 13 fair, 56 good, and 26 exc, well above last year’s 70% good/exc rating. Irrigated fields rated 81% good or exc with dryland fields rated 83, both above year ago levels.

Soybean conditions rated 1% very poor, 2 poor, 12 fair, 62 good, and 23 exc, well above last year’s 69% good or exc condition. Soybeans blooming were 2% complete ahead of last year but behind the 8 avg.

Wheat conditions rated 2% very poor, 6 poor, 19 fair, 54 good, and 19 exc, well above last year’s 58% good or exc condition. Wheat turning color was 77%, ahead of last year’s 72 but six days behind the avg of 87. Wheat ripe was 13%, ahead of last year’s 3 but 6 days behind the avg of 32. The first fields were being harvested.

Alfalfa conditions rated 2% very poor, 8 poor, 25 fair, 53 good, and 12 exc, below last year’s 74% good/exc condition. First cutting was 92% complete, ahead of last year’s 88 but behind the avg of 96. Second cutting was 15% complete, well ahead of last year’s 4 but behind 21 avg.

Oat conditions rated 0% very poor, 7 poor, 9 fair, 66 good, and 18 exc, below last year’s 91% good/exc condition. Oats headed was 86%, near last year’s 83 but behind the 91 avg. The first fields have been harvested for grain.

Sorghum conditions rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 22 fair, 64 good, and 11 exc, above last year’s 69% good/exc condition. Sorghum emerged was 96%, ahead of last year’s 92 but even with the avg.

Dry Bean conditions rated 2% very poor, 15 poor, 24 fair, 49 good, and 10 exc, well above the 44% good/exc last year. Dry bean emerged was 80%, behind last year’s 88 and the 90 avg.

Proso millet planted was 66%, a week behind last year’s 88 and six days behind the 82 avg.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 18 fair, 59 good, and 20 exc, above last year’s 71% good/exc cond.

• Temperature Data by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 93 max, 49 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 93 max, 49 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 96 max, 48 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 97 max, 52 min.

• Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 88% adequate, 7% surplus. Subsoil: 88% adequate, 5% surplus.

• precipitation in inches

NW: 0.94 – 148% of normal.

NC: 0.98 – 98% of normal.

CEN: 1.21 – 104% of normal.

SW: 0.86 – 137% of normal.

• FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 92% Alfalfa 1st cutting, 15% Alfalfa 2nd cutting, 80% Dry beans emerged, 86% Oats headed, 66% Proso millet planted, 96% Sorghum emerged, 2% Soybeans blooming, 77% Wheat turning color, 13% Wheat ripe.

• NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending June 28, 2009

Warm temperatures and high humidity helped push crop development. Over three-fourths of the wheat was turning color and the first fields have been harvested in the Southeast and South Central Districts. Farmers were focused on applying herbicides and baling hay. Livestock producers were busy trying to keep animals from over heating due to the high temps combined with high humidity. Significant losses were reported in several counties.

Temps avgd 2 degrees above normal; however, temperatures in the Panhandle were below normal. The highs ranged into triple digits to lows in the high 40’s. Over a half inch of rain was recorded in all districts except for the East Central and Northeast Districts. Both top soil and subsoil moisture conditions are the best they have been since 2000.

• Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 1% very poor, 4 poor, 13 fair, 56 good, and 26 exc, well above last year’s 70% good/exc rating. Irrigated fields rated 81% good or exc with dryland fields rated 83, both above year ago levels.

Soybean conditions rated 1% very poor, 2 poor, 12 fair, 62 good, and 23 exc, well above last year’s 69% good or exc condition. Soybeans blooming were 2% complete ahead of last year but behind the 8 avg.

Wheat conditions rated 2% very poor, 6 poor, 19 fair, 54 good, and 19 exc, well above last year’s 58% good or exc condition. Wheat turning color was 77%, ahead of last year’s 72 but six days behind the avg of 87. Wheat ripe was 13%, ahead of last year’s 3 but 6 days behind the avg of 32. The first fields were being harvested.

Alfalfa conditions rated 2% very poor, 8 poor, 25 fair, 53 good, and 12 exc, below last year’s 74% good/exc condition. First cutting was 92% complete, ahead of last year’s 88 but behind the avg of 96. Second cutting was 15% complete, well ahead of last year’s 4 but behind 21 avg.

Oat conditions rated 0% very poor, 7 poor, 9 fair, 66 good, and 18 exc, below last year’s 91% good/exc condition. Oats headed was 86%, near last year’s 83 but behind the 91 avg. The first fields have been harvested for grain.

Sorghum conditions rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 22 fair, 64 good, and 11 exc, above last year’s 69% good/exc condition. Sorghum emerged was 96%, ahead of last year’s 92 but even with the avg.

Dry Bean conditions rated 2% very poor, 15 poor, 24 fair, 49 good, and 10 exc, well above the 44% good/exc last year. Dry bean emerged was 80%, behind last year’s 88 and the 90 avg.

Proso millet planted was 66%, a week behind last year’s 88 and six days behind the 82 avg.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 18 fair, 59 good, and 20 exc, above last year’s 71% good/exc cond.

• Temperature Data by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 93 max, 49 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 93 max, 49 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 96 max, 48 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 97 max, 52 min.

• Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 88% adequate, 7% surplus. Subsoil: 88% adequate, 5% surplus.

• precipitation in inches

NW: 0.94 – 148% of normal.

NC: 0.98 – 98% of normal.

CEN: 1.21 – 104% of normal.

SW: 0.86 – 137% of normal.

• FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 92% Alfalfa 1st cutting, 15% Alfalfa 2nd cutting, 80% Dry beans emerged, 86% Oats headed, 66% Proso millet planted, 96% Sorghum emerged, 2% Soybeans blooming, 77% Wheat turning color, 13% Wheat ripe.


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