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Plains Edition USDA Information for 8-20-11

Week Ending August 14, 2011

A week with below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation brought some relief to the high heat and humidity that made for challenging growing conditions. Storms that brought high winds, hail, and heavy rain caused damage to crops and property in isolated locations. Irrigation was slowed by the rains and fungicide and insecticide applications occurred where needed. Preparation for wheat seeding had begun in the west while grasshopper numbers were still a concern.

Temperatures ranged from 2 to 7 degrees below normal. Highs stayed out of the triple digits, but reached the low 90’s. Lows were recorded in the low 50’s. Most areas of the state received above normal rainfall for the week. The highest levels of precipitation accumulated in the North Central and East Central Districts with some locations reporting over 3 inches. The Panhandle and some central counties were relatively dry.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 18 fair, 55 good, and 20 excellent. Irrigated corn conditions rated 79% good to excellent and dryland corn rated 71. Corn in dough stage was 58%, well behind 76 last year and 70 avg. Corn in the dent stage was 10%, behind 28 last year and 22 avg.

Soybean condition rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 18 fair, 57 good, and 21 excellent, equal to last year’s good to excellent and above 70 avg. Soybeans blooming were 94%, behind 99 last year and 98 avg. Soybean acreage setting pods were at 72%, behind 89 last year and 84 avg.

Sorghum conditions rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 18 fair, 69 good, and 10 exc, below 81% good to excellent last year but above 72 avg. Sorghum headed was 71%, behind 89 last year and 77 avg. Sorghum turning color was 2%, behind 10 last year and 6 avg.

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Dry Beans condition rated 1% very poor, 11 poor, 25 fair, 57 good, and 6 exc, below 78% good to excellent last year and 67 avg. Dry beans blooming were 97%, near 100 last year and 98 avg. Dry beans setting pods were 69%, behind 81 last year and 78 avg.

Alfalfa rated 0% very poor, 2 poor, 20 fair, 63 good, and 15 excellent, below 82% good to excellent last year but well above 59 avg. Third cutting of alfalfa was at 53%, behind 66 last year and 57 avg.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 20 fair, 65 good, and 11 excellent, below last year’s 89% good to excellent but above 58 avg.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature -93 max, 53 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine and Ainsworth

Temperature – 86 max, 53 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 91 max, 52 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes McCook and North Platte

Temperature – 92 max, 55 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 74% adequate, 4% surplus. Subsoil: 76% adequate, 3% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.39 – 142% of normal.

NC: .2.05 – 141% of normal.

CEN: 1.41 – 137% of normal.

SW: 1.49 – 140% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 53% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 58% Corn dough, 10% Corn dent, 97% Dry beans blooming, 69% Dry beans setting pods, 71% Sorghum headed, 2% Sorghum turning color, 94% Soybeans blooming, 72% Soybeans setting pods.

Week Ending August 14, 2011

A week with below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation brought some relief to the high heat and humidity that made for challenging growing conditions. Storms that brought high winds, hail, and heavy rain caused damage to crops and property in isolated locations. Irrigation was slowed by the rains and fungicide and insecticide applications occurred where needed. Preparation for wheat seeding had begun in the west while grasshopper numbers were still a concern.

Temperatures ranged from 2 to 7 degrees below normal. Highs stayed out of the triple digits, but reached the low 90’s. Lows were recorded in the low 50’s. Most areas of the state received above normal rainfall for the week. The highest levels of precipitation accumulated in the North Central and East Central Districts with some locations reporting over 3 inches. The Panhandle and some central counties were relatively dry.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 18 fair, 55 good, and 20 excellent. Irrigated corn conditions rated 79% good to excellent and dryland corn rated 71. Corn in dough stage was 58%, well behind 76 last year and 70 avg. Corn in the dent stage was 10%, behind 28 last year and 22 avg.

Soybean condition rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 18 fair, 57 good, and 21 excellent, equal to last year’s good to excellent and above 70 avg. Soybeans blooming were 94%, behind 99 last year and 98 avg. Soybean acreage setting pods were at 72%, behind 89 last year and 84 avg.

Sorghum conditions rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 18 fair, 69 good, and 10 exc, below 81% good to excellent last year but above 72 avg. Sorghum headed was 71%, behind 89 last year and 77 avg. Sorghum turning color was 2%, behind 10 last year and 6 avg.

Dry Beans condition rated 1% very poor, 11 poor, 25 fair, 57 good, and 6 exc, below 78% good to excellent last year and 67 avg. Dry beans blooming were 97%, near 100 last year and 98 avg. Dry beans setting pods were 69%, behind 81 last year and 78 avg.

Alfalfa rated 0% very poor, 2 poor, 20 fair, 63 good, and 15 excellent, below 82% good to excellent last year but well above 59 avg. Third cutting of alfalfa was at 53%, behind 66 last year and 57 avg.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 20 fair, 65 good, and 11 excellent, below last year’s 89% good to excellent but above 58 avg.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature -93 max, 53 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine and Ainsworth

Temperature – 86 max, 53 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 91 max, 52 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes McCook and North Platte

Temperature – 92 max, 55 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 74% adequate, 4% surplus. Subsoil: 76% adequate, 3% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.39 – 142% of normal.

NC: .2.05 – 141% of normal.

CEN: 1.41 – 137% of normal.

SW: 1.49 – 140% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 53% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 58% Corn dough, 10% Corn dent, 97% Dry beans blooming, 69% Dry beans setting pods, 71% Sorghum headed, 2% Sorghum turning color, 94% Soybeans blooming, 72% Soybeans setting pods.

Week Ending August 14, 2011

A week with below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation brought some relief to the high heat and humidity that made for challenging growing conditions. Storms that brought high winds, hail, and heavy rain caused damage to crops and property in isolated locations. Irrigation was slowed by the rains and fungicide and insecticide applications occurred where needed. Preparation for wheat seeding had begun in the west while grasshopper numbers were still a concern.

Temperatures ranged from 2 to 7 degrees below normal. Highs stayed out of the triple digits, but reached the low 90’s. Lows were recorded in the low 50’s. Most areas of the state received above normal rainfall for the week. The highest levels of precipitation accumulated in the North Central and East Central Districts with some locations reporting over 3 inches. The Panhandle and some central counties were relatively dry.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 18 fair, 55 good, and 20 excellent. Irrigated corn conditions rated 79% good to excellent and dryland corn rated 71. Corn in dough stage was 58%, well behind 76 last year and 70 avg. Corn in the dent stage was 10%, behind 28 last year and 22 avg.

Soybean condition rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 18 fair, 57 good, and 21 excellent, equal to last year’s good to excellent and above 70 avg. Soybeans blooming were 94%, behind 99 last year and 98 avg. Soybean acreage setting pods were at 72%, behind 89 last year and 84 avg.

Sorghum conditions rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 18 fair, 69 good, and 10 exc, below 81% good to excellent last year but above 72 avg. Sorghum headed was 71%, behind 89 last year and 77 avg. Sorghum turning color was 2%, behind 10 last year and 6 avg.

Dry Beans condition rated 1% very poor, 11 poor, 25 fair, 57 good, and 6 exc, below 78% good to excellent last year and 67 avg. Dry beans blooming were 97%, near 100 last year and 98 avg. Dry beans setting pods were 69%, behind 81 last year and 78 avg.

Alfalfa rated 0% very poor, 2 poor, 20 fair, 63 good, and 15 excellent, below 82% good to excellent last year but well above 59 avg. Third cutting of alfalfa was at 53%, behind 66 last year and 57 avg.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 20 fair, 65 good, and 11 excellent, below last year’s 89% good to excellent but above 58 avg.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature -93 max, 53 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine and Ainsworth

Temperature – 86 max, 53 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 91 max, 52 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes McCook and North Platte

Temperature – 92 max, 55 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 74% adequate, 4% surplus. Subsoil: 76% adequate, 3% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.39 – 142% of normal.

NC: .2.05 – 141% of normal.

CEN: 1.41 – 137% of normal.

SW: 1.49 – 140% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 53% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 58% Corn dough, 10% Corn dent, 97% Dry beans blooming, 69% Dry beans setting pods, 71% Sorghum headed, 2% Sorghum turning color, 94% Soybeans blooming, 72% Soybeans setting pods.