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Plains Edition USDA Information for 8-1-09

• NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending July 26, 2009

Wheat harvest progressed rapidly in western counties, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Hail damage was reported in a few counties from a mid-week storm. Producers continued to apply fungicides to corn in parts of the state. Other activities included irrigation and haying.



Temperatures averaged 5 degrees below normal, ranging from highs near 100 to lows in the upper 40’s. Precipitation was widespread with most districts averaging near a half inch.

• Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 15 fair, 54 good, and 24 excellent, near last year’s 76% good or excellent rating. Irrigated fields rated 79% good or excellent, above last year while dryland fields rated 76, near year ago levels. Corn silked was 77%, ahead of last year’s 68 but three days behind the average of 83. Eight percent of the corn was in the dough stage, ahead of last year’s 3 but behind the 13 average.



Soybean conditions rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 15 fair, 63 good, and 18 excellent, above last year’s 76% good or excellent condition. Soybeans blooming were 75%, ahead of last year’s 60 but near the average of 77. Soybeans setting pods was 24%, ahead of last year’s 14 but behind the 35 average.

Wheat ripe was at 99%, ahead of last year’s 97 but even with the average. Wheat harvested was 85% complete, near last year’s 86 but three days behind the 94 average.

Alfalfa conditions rated 1% very poor, 5 poor, 24 fair, 58 good, and 12 excellent, well above last year’s 54% good or excellent condition. Second cutting was 84% complete ahead of last year’s 76 but behind the average of 88. Third cutting was underway at 5%, near last year’s 4 but behind the 9 average.

Oat conditions rated 0% very poor, 2 poor, 8 fair, 69 good, and 21 excellent, near last year’s 89 good or excellent rating.

Oats harvested was 43%, near last year’s 45 but five days behind the 73 average.

Sorghum conditions rated 1% very poor, 2 poor, 25 fair, 56 good, and 16 excellent, near last year’s 71% good or excellent condition. Sorghum headed was 6%, ahead of last year’s 4 but behind the 18 average.

Dry bean conditions rated 1% very poor, 10 poor, 19 fair, 66 good, and 4 excellent, above last year’s 54% good or excellent condition. Dry beans blooming were 56%, even with last year but ahead of the 52 average. Dry beans setting pods were 12%, ahead of last year’s 10 but even with the average.

Wild hay conditions rated 0% very poor, 1 poor, 13 fair, 70 good, and 16 excellent, above last year’s 81% good or excellent condition.

• Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 22 fair, 59 good, and 15 excellent, above last year’s 70% good or excellent condition.

• Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 99 max, 47 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 93 max, 49 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 96 max, 51 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 100 max, 51 min.

• Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 74% adequate, 2% surplus. Subsoil: 80% adequate, 2% surplus.

• precipitation in inches

NW: 0.18 – 132% of normal.

NC: 0.63 – 102% of normal.

CEN: 0.61 – 97% of normal.

SW: 0.46 – 133% of normal.

• FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 84% Alfalfa 2nd cutting, 5% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 77% Corn silked, 8% Corn dough, 56% Dry beans blooming, 12% Dry beans setting pods, 43% Oats harvested, 6% Sorghum headed, 75% Soybeans blooming, 24% Soybeans setting pods, 99% Wheat ripe, 85% Wheat harvested.

• NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending July 26, 2009

Wheat harvest progressed rapidly in western counties, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Hail damage was reported in a few counties from a mid-week storm. Producers continued to apply fungicides to corn in parts of the state. Other activities included irrigation and haying.

Temperatures averaged 5 degrees below normal, ranging from highs near 100 to lows in the upper 40’s. Precipitation was widespread with most districts averaging near a half inch.

• Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 15 fair, 54 good, and 24 excellent, near last year’s 76% good or excellent rating. Irrigated fields rated 79% good or excellent, above last year while dryland fields rated 76, near year ago levels. Corn silked was 77%, ahead of last year’s 68 but three days behind the average of 83. Eight percent of the corn was in the dough stage, ahead of last year’s 3 but behind the 13 average.

Soybean conditions rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 15 fair, 63 good, and 18 excellent, above last year’s 76% good or excellent condition. Soybeans blooming were 75%, ahead of last year’s 60 but near the average of 77. Soybeans setting pods was 24%, ahead of last year’s 14 but behind the 35 average.

Wheat ripe was at 99%, ahead of last year’s 97 but even with the average. Wheat harvested was 85% complete, near last year’s 86 but three days behind the 94 average.

Alfalfa conditions rated 1% very poor, 5 poor, 24 fair, 58 good, and 12 excellent, well above last year’s 54% good or excellent condition. Second cutting was 84% complete ahead of last year’s 76 but behind the average of 88. Third cutting was underway at 5%, near last year’s 4 but behind the 9 average.

Oat conditions rated 0% very poor, 2 poor, 8 fair, 69 good, and 21 excellent, near last year’s 89 good or excellent rating.

Oats harvested was 43%, near last year’s 45 but five days behind the 73 average.

Sorghum conditions rated 1% very poor, 2 poor, 25 fair, 56 good, and 16 excellent, near last year’s 71% good or excellent condition. Sorghum headed was 6%, ahead of last year’s 4 but behind the 18 average.

Dry bean conditions rated 1% very poor, 10 poor, 19 fair, 66 good, and 4 excellent, above last year’s 54% good or excellent condition. Dry beans blooming were 56%, even with last year but ahead of the 52 average. Dry beans setting pods were 12%, ahead of last year’s 10 but even with the average.

Wild hay conditions rated 0% very poor, 1 poor, 13 fair, 70 good, and 16 excellent, above last year’s 81% good or excellent condition.

• Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 22 fair, 59 good, and 15 excellent, above last year’s 70% good or excellent condition.

• Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 99 max, 47 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 93 max, 49 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 96 max, 51 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 100 max, 51 min.

• Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 74% adequate, 2% surplus. Subsoil: 80% adequate, 2% surplus.

• precipitation in inches

NW: 0.18 – 132% of normal.

NC: 0.63 – 102% of normal.

CEN: 0.61 – 97% of normal.

SW: 0.46 – 133% of normal.

• FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 84% Alfalfa 2nd cutting, 5% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 77% Corn silked, 8% Corn dough, 56% Dry beans blooming, 12% Dry beans setting pods, 43% Oats harvested, 6% Sorghum headed, 75% Soybeans blooming, 24% Soybeans setting pods, 99% Wheat ripe, 85% Wheat harvested.

• NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending July 26, 2009

Wheat harvest progressed rapidly in western counties, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Hail damage was reported in a few counties from a mid-week storm. Producers continued to apply fungicides to corn in parts of the state. Other activities included irrigation and haying.

Temperatures averaged 5 degrees below normal, ranging from highs near 100 to lows in the upper 40’s. Precipitation was widespread with most districts averaging near a half inch.

• Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 15 fair, 54 good, and 24 excellent, near last year’s 76% good or excellent rating. Irrigated fields rated 79% good or excellent, above last year while dryland fields rated 76, near year ago levels. Corn silked was 77%, ahead of last year’s 68 but three days behind the average of 83. Eight percent of the corn was in the dough stage, ahead of last year’s 3 but behind the 13 average.

Soybean conditions rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 15 fair, 63 good, and 18 excellent, above last year’s 76% good or excellent condition. Soybeans blooming were 75%, ahead of last year’s 60 but near the average of 77. Soybeans setting pods was 24%, ahead of last year’s 14 but behind the 35 average.

Wheat ripe was at 99%, ahead of last year’s 97 but even with the average. Wheat harvested was 85% complete, near last year’s 86 but three days behind the 94 average.

Alfalfa conditions rated 1% very poor, 5 poor, 24 fair, 58 good, and 12 excellent, well above last year’s 54% good or excellent condition. Second cutting was 84% complete ahead of last year’s 76 but behind the average of 88. Third cutting was underway at 5%, near last year’s 4 but behind the 9 average.

Oat conditions rated 0% very poor, 2 poor, 8 fair, 69 good, and 21 excellent, near last year’s 89 good or excellent rating.

Oats harvested was 43%, near last year’s 45 but five days behind the 73 average.

Sorghum conditions rated 1% very poor, 2 poor, 25 fair, 56 good, and 16 excellent, near last year’s 71% good or excellent condition. Sorghum headed was 6%, ahead of last year’s 4 but behind the 18 average.

Dry bean conditions rated 1% very poor, 10 poor, 19 fair, 66 good, and 4 excellent, above last year’s 54% good or excellent condition. Dry beans blooming were 56%, even with last year but ahead of the 52 average. Dry beans setting pods were 12%, ahead of last year’s 10 but even with the average.

Wild hay conditions rated 0% very poor, 1 poor, 13 fair, 70 good, and 16 excellent, above last year’s 81% good or excellent condition.

• Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 22 fair, 59 good, and 15 excellent, above last year’s 70% good or excellent condition.

• Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 99 max, 47 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 93 max, 49 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 96 max, 51 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 100 max, 51 min.

• Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 74% adequate, 2% surplus. Subsoil: 80% adequate, 2% surplus.

• precipitation in inches

NW: 0.18 – 132% of normal.

NC: 0.63 – 102% of normal.

CEN: 0.61 – 97% of normal.

SW: 0.46 – 133% of normal.

• FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 84% Alfalfa 2nd cutting, 5% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 77% Corn silked, 8% Corn dough, 56% Dry beans blooming, 12% Dry beans setting pods, 43% Oats harvested, 6% Sorghum headed, 75% Soybeans blooming, 24% Soybeans setting pods, 99% Wheat ripe, 85% Wheat harvested.


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