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Plains Edition USDA Information for 8-13-11

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending July 31, 2011

Above normal temperatures impacted both crops and livestock, with high humidity adding to livestock stress. Wheat and hay harvest progressed with the dry conditions and irrigation was active in most areas. Aerial applications of fungicides and insecticides were occurring where needed.

Temperatures averaged 3 degrees above normal. Highs reached triple digits, but were mainly in mid to upper 90’s. Lows were recorded mostly in the 60’s. Rainfall was highest in the Southeast District while the Panhandle received only a trace.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 16 fair, 56 good, and 21 excellent. Irrigated corn conditions rated 80% good to excellent and dryland corn rated 74. Corn silked was 89%, behind 94 last year and 90 avg. Corn in dough stage was 17%, behind 25 last year and avg.

Soybean condition rated 1% very poor, 4 poor, 20 fair, 58 good, and 17 excellent, below 78% good to excellent last year but above 68 average. Soybeans blooming were 81%, behind 88 last year and 85 average. Soybean acreage setting pods were at 35%, behind 45 last year and 46 average.

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Wheat harvest was 87% complete, behind 93 last year and 6 days behind 96 average.

Sorghum conditions rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 23 fair, 64 good, and 10 excellent, below 82% good to excellent last year but above 71 average. Sorghum headed was 15%, behind 42 last year and 32 average.

Oats harvested was 85%, ahead of 82 last year and 79 avg.

Dry Beans condition rated 0% very poor, 10 poor, 23 fair, 59 good, and 8 excellent, below 77% good to excellent last year but above 64 average. Dry beans blooming were 54%, behind 78 last year and average. Dry beans setting pods were 11%, behind 15 last year and 24 average.

Alfalfa rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 16 fair, 64 good, and 17 excellent, near 80% good to excellent last year and above 59 average. Second cutting of alfalfa was 88% complete, behind 92 last year and average. Third cutting of alfalfa was at 14%, behind 24 last year and 20 average.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 4 poor, 18 fair, 66 good, and 11 excellent, below last year’s 90% good to excellent but above 58 average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature -101 max, 54 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine and Ainsworth

Temperature – 98 max, 62 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 94 max, 61 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes McCook and North Platte

Temperature – 99 max, 61 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 60% adequate, 2% surplus. Subsoil: 74% adequate, 2% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.01 – 141% of normal.

NC: .0.61 – 132% of normal.

CEN: 0.32 – 116% of normal.

SW: 0.45 – 134% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 88% Alfalfa 2nd cutting, 14% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 89% Corn silked, 17% Corn dough, 54% Dry beans blooming, 11% Dry beans setting pods, 85% Oats harvested, 15% Sorghum headed, 81% Soybeans blooming, 35% Soybeans setting pods, 87% Wheat harvested.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending July 31, 2011

Above normal temperatures impacted both crops and livestock, with high humidity adding to livestock stress. Wheat and hay harvest progressed with the dry conditions and irrigation was active in most areas. Aerial applications of fungicides and insecticides were occurring where needed.

Temperatures averaged 3 degrees above normal. Highs reached triple digits, but were mainly in mid to upper 90’s. Lows were recorded mostly in the 60’s. Rainfall was highest in the Southeast District while the Panhandle received only a trace.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 16 fair, 56 good, and 21 excellent. Irrigated corn conditions rated 80% good to excellent and dryland corn rated 74. Corn silked was 89%, behind 94 last year and 90 avg. Corn in dough stage was 17%, behind 25 last year and avg.

Soybean condition rated 1% very poor, 4 poor, 20 fair, 58 good, and 17 excellent, below 78% good to excellent last year but above 68 average. Soybeans blooming were 81%, behind 88 last year and 85 average. Soybean acreage setting pods were at 35%, behind 45 last year and 46 average.

Wheat harvest was 87% complete, behind 93 last year and 6 days behind 96 average.

Sorghum conditions rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 23 fair, 64 good, and 10 excellent, below 82% good to excellent last year but above 71 average. Sorghum headed was 15%, behind 42 last year and 32 average.

Oats harvested was 85%, ahead of 82 last year and 79 avg.

Dry Beans condition rated 0% very poor, 10 poor, 23 fair, 59 good, and 8 excellent, below 77% good to excellent last year but above 64 average. Dry beans blooming were 54%, behind 78 last year and average. Dry beans setting pods were 11%, behind 15 last year and 24 average.

Alfalfa rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 16 fair, 64 good, and 17 excellent, near 80% good to excellent last year and above 59 average. Second cutting of alfalfa was 88% complete, behind 92 last year and average. Third cutting of alfalfa was at 14%, behind 24 last year and 20 average.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 4 poor, 18 fair, 66 good, and 11 excellent, below last year’s 90% good to excellent but above 58 average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature -101 max, 54 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine and Ainsworth

Temperature – 98 max, 62 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 94 max, 61 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes McCook and North Platte

Temperature – 99 max, 61 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 60% adequate, 2% surplus. Subsoil: 74% adequate, 2% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.01 – 141% of normal.

NC: .0.61 – 132% of normal.

CEN: 0.32 – 116% of normal.

SW: 0.45 – 134% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 88% Alfalfa 2nd cutting, 14% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 89% Corn silked, 17% Corn dough, 54% Dry beans blooming, 11% Dry beans setting pods, 85% Oats harvested, 15% Sorghum headed, 81% Soybeans blooming, 35% Soybeans setting pods, 87% Wheat harvested.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending July 31, 2011

Above normal temperatures impacted both crops and livestock, with high humidity adding to livestock stress. Wheat and hay harvest progressed with the dry conditions and irrigation was active in most areas. Aerial applications of fungicides and insecticides were occurring where needed.

Temperatures averaged 3 degrees above normal. Highs reached triple digits, but were mainly in mid to upper 90’s. Lows were recorded mostly in the 60’s. Rainfall was highest in the Southeast District while the Panhandle received only a trace.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 16 fair, 56 good, and 21 excellent. Irrigated corn conditions rated 80% good to excellent and dryland corn rated 74. Corn silked was 89%, behind 94 last year and 90 avg. Corn in dough stage was 17%, behind 25 last year and avg.

Soybean condition rated 1% very poor, 4 poor, 20 fair, 58 good, and 17 excellent, below 78% good to excellent last year but above 68 average. Soybeans blooming were 81%, behind 88 last year and 85 average. Soybean acreage setting pods were at 35%, behind 45 last year and 46 average.

Wheat harvest was 87% complete, behind 93 last year and 6 days behind 96 average.

Sorghum conditions rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 23 fair, 64 good, and 10 excellent, below 82% good to excellent last year but above 71 average. Sorghum headed was 15%, behind 42 last year and 32 average.

Oats harvested was 85%, ahead of 82 last year and 79 avg.

Dry Beans condition rated 0% very poor, 10 poor, 23 fair, 59 good, and 8 excellent, below 77% good to excellent last year but above 64 average. Dry beans blooming were 54%, behind 78 last year and average. Dry beans setting pods were 11%, behind 15 last year and 24 average.

Alfalfa rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 16 fair, 64 good, and 17 excellent, near 80% good to excellent last year and above 59 average. Second cutting of alfalfa was 88% complete, behind 92 last year and average. Third cutting of alfalfa was at 14%, behind 24 last year and 20 average.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 4 poor, 18 fair, 66 good, and 11 excellent, below last year’s 90% good to excellent but above 58 average.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature -101 max, 54 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine and Ainsworth

Temperature – 98 max, 62 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 94 max, 61 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes McCook and North Platte

Temperature – 99 max, 61 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 60% adequate, 2% surplus. Subsoil: 74% adequate, 2% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.01 – 141% of normal.

NC: .0.61 – 132% of normal.

CEN: 0.32 – 116% of normal.

SW: 0.45 – 134% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 88% Alfalfa 2nd cutting, 14% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 89% Corn silked, 17% Corn dough, 54% Dry beans blooming, 11% Dry beans setting pods, 85% Oats harvested, 15% Sorghum headed, 81% Soybeans blooming, 35% Soybeans setting pods, 87% Wheat harvested.