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Plains Edition USDA Information for 8-15-09

• NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending August 9, 2009

Temperatures increased but still averaged below normal for the week, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Hot, windy conditions stressed crops late in the week. Rain was recorded statewide, although amounts were limited across much of the southern third of the state as well as in northeastern counties. Storms produced high winds and hail that damaged acres in a number of southeastern counties. In the west, the last fields of wheat were being harvested.

Temperatures averaged 1 degree below normal across the state. The Panhandle recorded over an inch of precipitation as did north central and central counties while the northeast and southeast averaged less than half inch.

• Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 6 poor, 15 fair, 52 good, and 25 excellent, near last year’s 76 percent good or excellent rating. Irrigated fields rated 81 percent good or excellent, the same as last year, while dryland fields rated 72, below the 74 reading of year ago. Corn silked was 97 percent, same as last year and near 98 average. Corn in the dough stage was 34 percent, near last year’s 35 but six days behind the average 54. Corn in the dent stage was 2 percent, behind last year’s 3 and 10 average.

Soybean conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 16 fair, 59 good, and 19 excellent, above last year’s 74 percent good or excellent condition and 63 average. Soybeans blooming were 96 percent, ahead of 92 last year but same as average. Soybeans setting pods was 70 percent, ahead of last year’s 55 but behind the 74 average.

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Alfalfa conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 6 poor, 28 fair, 56 good, and 8 excellent, same as last year’s good or excellent condition but well above 47 average. Third cutting was 42 percent complete, ahead of 32 last year but behind 46 average.

Oats harvested was 90 percent, same as previous year but

behind 95 average.

Sorghum conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 22 fair, 61 good, and 13 excellent, below last year’s 77 percent good or excellent condition but above 63 average. Sorghum headed was 49 percent, ahead of last year’s 39 but five days behind the 64 average.

Dry bean conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 11 poor, 21 fair, 56 good, and 10 excellent, above last year’s 55 percent good or excellent condition and near 65 average. Dry beans blooming were 93 percent, behind last year’s 96 but ahead of 89 average. Dry beans setting pods were 54 percent, behind both last year and average at 58.

• Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 19 fair, 63 good, and 12 excellent, above last year’s 63 percent good or excellent condition and average at 41.

• Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 97 max, 50 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 93 max, 54 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 94 max, 58 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 96 max, 53 min.

• Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 73% adequate, 1% surplus. Subsoil: 79% adequate, 0% surplus.

• precipitation in inches

NW: 1.36 – 140% of normal.

NC: 1.88 – 111% of normal.

CEN: 1.62 – 103% of normal.

SW: 0.59 – 134% of normal.

• FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 42% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 97% Corn silked, 34% Corn dough, 2% Corn dent, 93% Dry beans blooming, 54% Dry beans setting pods, 90% Oats harvested, 49% Sorghum headed, 96% Soybeans blooming, 70% Soybeans setting pods.

• NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending August 9, 2009

Temperatures increased but still averaged below normal for the week, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Hot, windy conditions stressed crops late in the week. Rain was recorded statewide, although amounts were limited across much of the southern third of the state as well as in northeastern counties. Storms produced high winds and hail that damaged acres in a number of southeastern counties. In the west, the last fields of wheat were being harvested.

Temperatures averaged 1 degree below normal across the state. The Panhandle recorded over an inch of precipitation as did north central and central counties while the northeast and southeast averaged less than half inch.

• Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 6 poor, 15 fair, 52 good, and 25 excellent, near last year’s 76 percent good or excellent rating. Irrigated fields rated 81 percent good or excellent, the same as last year, while dryland fields rated 72, below the 74 reading of year ago. Corn silked was 97 percent, same as last year and near 98 average. Corn in the dough stage was 34 percent, near last year’s 35 but six days behind the average 54. Corn in the dent stage was 2 percent, behind last year’s 3 and 10 average.

Soybean conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 16 fair, 59 good, and 19 excellent, above last year’s 74 percent good or excellent condition and 63 average. Soybeans blooming were 96 percent, ahead of 92 last year but same as average. Soybeans setting pods was 70 percent, ahead of last year’s 55 but behind the 74 average.

Alfalfa conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 6 poor, 28 fair, 56 good, and 8 excellent, same as last year’s good or excellent condition but well above 47 average. Third cutting was 42 percent complete, ahead of 32 last year but behind 46 average.

Oats harvested was 90 percent, same as previous year but

behind 95 average.

Sorghum conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 22 fair, 61 good, and 13 excellent, below last year’s 77 percent good or excellent condition but above 63 average. Sorghum headed was 49 percent, ahead of last year’s 39 but five days behind the 64 average.

Dry bean conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 11 poor, 21 fair, 56 good, and 10 excellent, above last year’s 55 percent good or excellent condition and near 65 average. Dry beans blooming were 93 percent, behind last year’s 96 but ahead of 89 average. Dry beans setting pods were 54 percent, behind both last year and average at 58.

• Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 19 fair, 63 good, and 12 excellent, above last year’s 63 percent good or excellent condition and average at 41.

• Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 97 max, 50 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 93 max, 54 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 94 max, 58 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 96 max, 53 min.

• Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 73% adequate, 1% surplus. Subsoil: 79% adequate, 0% surplus.

• precipitation in inches

NW: 1.36 – 140% of normal.

NC: 1.88 – 111% of normal.

CEN: 1.62 – 103% of normal.

SW: 0.59 – 134% of normal.

• FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 42% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 97% Corn silked, 34% Corn dough, 2% Corn dent, 93% Dry beans blooming, 54% Dry beans setting pods, 90% Oats harvested, 49% Sorghum headed, 96% Soybeans blooming, 70% Soybeans setting pods.

• NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending August 9, 2009

Temperatures increased but still averaged below normal for the week, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Hot, windy conditions stressed crops late in the week. Rain was recorded statewide, although amounts were limited across much of the southern third of the state as well as in northeastern counties. Storms produced high winds and hail that damaged acres in a number of southeastern counties. In the west, the last fields of wheat were being harvested.

Temperatures averaged 1 degree below normal across the state. The Panhandle recorded over an inch of precipitation as did north central and central counties while the northeast and southeast averaged less than half inch.

• Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 6 poor, 15 fair, 52 good, and 25 excellent, near last year’s 76 percent good or excellent rating. Irrigated fields rated 81 percent good or excellent, the same as last year, while dryland fields rated 72, below the 74 reading of year ago. Corn silked was 97 percent, same as last year and near 98 average. Corn in the dough stage was 34 percent, near last year’s 35 but six days behind the average 54. Corn in the dent stage was 2 percent, behind last year’s 3 and 10 average.

Soybean conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 16 fair, 59 good, and 19 excellent, above last year’s 74 percent good or excellent condition and 63 average. Soybeans blooming were 96 percent, ahead of 92 last year but same as average. Soybeans setting pods was 70 percent, ahead of last year’s 55 but behind the 74 average.

Alfalfa conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 6 poor, 28 fair, 56 good, and 8 excellent, same as last year’s good or excellent condition but well above 47 average. Third cutting was 42 percent complete, ahead of 32 last year but behind 46 average.

Oats harvested was 90 percent, same as previous year but

behind 95 average.

Sorghum conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 22 fair, 61 good, and 13 excellent, below last year’s 77 percent good or excellent condition but above 63 average. Sorghum headed was 49 percent, ahead of last year’s 39 but five days behind the 64 average.

Dry bean conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 11 poor, 21 fair, 56 good, and 10 excellent, above last year’s 55 percent good or excellent condition and near 65 average. Dry beans blooming were 93 percent, behind last year’s 96 but ahead of 89 average. Dry beans setting pods were 54 percent, behind both last year and average at 58.

• Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 19 fair, 63 good, and 12 excellent, above last year’s 63 percent good or excellent condition and average at 41.

• Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 97 max, 50 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 93 max, 54 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 94 max, 58 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 96 max, 53 min.

• Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 73% adequate, 1% surplus. Subsoil: 79% adequate, 0% surplus.

• precipitation in inches

NW: 1.36 – 140% of normal.

NC: 1.88 – 111% of normal.

CEN: 1.62 – 103% of normal.

SW: 0.59 – 134% of normal.

• FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 42% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 97% Corn silked, 34% Corn dough, 2% Corn dent, 93% Dry beans blooming, 54% Dry beans setting pods, 90% Oats harvested, 49% Sorghum headed, 96% Soybeans blooming, 70% Soybeans setting pods.