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Plains Edition USDA Information for 8-22-09

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending August 16, 2009

Rains brought relief to crops in the eastern two-thirds of the state. Rain was recorded statewide, although amounts were limited across much of the Panhandle. Storms produced some local damage but for the most part were quite welcome. Temperatures remained below normal for the week.

Temperatures averaged 1 degree below normal across the state. Except for the Panhandle and Southeast, all other districts averaged over one inch of rain. Many stations outside of the Panhandle recorded over two inches of precipitation with two stations recording over three inches.

Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 4 percent very poor, 6 poor, 13 fair, 55 good, and 22 excellent, near last year’s 76 percent good or excellent rating. Irrigated fields rated 82 percent good or excellent near the 78 of last year while dryland fields rated 71, also near the reading of year ago at 72. Corn in the dough stage was 67 percent, near last year’s 63 but six days behind the average 76. Corn in the dent stage was 13 percent, behind last year’s 17 and 27 average.

Soybean conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 6 poor, 14 fair, 62 good, and 16 excellent, above last year’s 75 percent good or excellent condition and 64 average. Soybeans blooming were 99 percent, ahead of 96 last year but the same as average. Soybeans setting pods was 89 percent, ahead of last year’s 74 and the 88 average.

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Alfalfa conditions rated 3 percent very poor, 7 poor, 23 fair, 56 good, and 11 excellent, same as last year’s good or excellent condition but well above 48 average. Third cutting was 57 percent complete ahead of 49 last year but behind 62 average.

Oats harvested was 98 percent, ahead of last year’s 94 but the same as average.

Sorghum conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 23 fair, 63 good, and 10 excellent, below last year’s 76 percent good or excellent condition but above 63 average. Sorghum headed was 75 percent, ahead of last year’s 68 but only a few days behind the 81 average.

Dry bean conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 10 poor, 16 fair, 65 good, and 7 excellent, above last year’s 55 percent good or excellent condition and the 63 average. Dry beans setting pods were 82 percent, behind last year at 87 but ahead of average at 78.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 5 poor, 20 fair, 60 good, and 13 excellent, above last year’s 65 percent good

or excellent condition and average at 40.

TEMPERATURE DATA BY REGION

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 95 max, 44 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 96 max, 48 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 91 max, 56 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 95 max, 51 min.

TOPSOIL AND SUBSOIL MOISTURE

State Report: Topsoil: 78% adequate, 4% surplus. Subsoil: 81% adequate, 2% surplus.

PRECIPITATION IN INCHES

NW: 0.26 – 137% of normal.

NC: 1.68 – 118% of normal.

CEN: 1.79 – 111% of normal.

SW: 1.33 – 139% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 57% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 99% Corn silked, 67% Corn dough, 13% Corn dent, 82% Dry beans setting pods, 98% Oats harvested, 75% Sorghum headed, 4% Sorghum turning color, 99% Soybeans blooming, 89% Soybeans setting pods.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending August 16, 2009

Rains brought relief to crops in the eastern two-thirds of the state. Rain was recorded statewide, although amounts were limited across much of the Panhandle. Storms produced some local damage but for the most part were quite welcome. Temperatures remained below normal for the week.

Temperatures averaged 1 degree below normal across the state. Except for the Panhandle and Southeast, all other districts averaged over one inch of rain. Many stations outside of the Panhandle recorded over two inches of precipitation with two stations recording over three inches.

Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 4 percent very poor, 6 poor, 13 fair, 55 good, and 22 excellent, near last year’s 76 percent good or excellent rating. Irrigated fields rated 82 percent good or excellent near the 78 of last year while dryland fields rated 71, also near the reading of year ago at 72. Corn in the dough stage was 67 percent, near last year’s 63 but six days behind the average 76. Corn in the dent stage was 13 percent, behind last year’s 17 and 27 average.

Soybean conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 6 poor, 14 fair, 62 good, and 16 excellent, above last year’s 75 percent good or excellent condition and 64 average. Soybeans blooming were 99 percent, ahead of 96 last year but the same as average. Soybeans setting pods was 89 percent, ahead of last year’s 74 and the 88 average.

Alfalfa conditions rated 3 percent very poor, 7 poor, 23 fair, 56 good, and 11 excellent, same as last year’s good or excellent condition but well above 48 average. Third cutting was 57 percent complete ahead of 49 last year but behind 62 average.

Oats harvested was 98 percent, ahead of last year’s 94 but the same as average.

Sorghum conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 23 fair, 63 good, and 10 excellent, below last year’s 76 percent good or excellent condition but above 63 average. Sorghum headed was 75 percent, ahead of last year’s 68 but only a few days behind the 81 average.

Dry bean conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 10 poor, 16 fair, 65 good, and 7 excellent, above last year’s 55 percent good or excellent condition and the 63 average. Dry beans setting pods were 82 percent, behind last year at 87 but ahead of average at 78.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 5 poor, 20 fair, 60 good, and 13 excellent, above last year’s 65 percent good

or excellent condition and average at 40.

TEMPERATURE DATA BY REGION

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 95 max, 44 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 96 max, 48 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 91 max, 56 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 95 max, 51 min.

TOPSOIL AND SUBSOIL MOISTURE

State Report: Topsoil: 78% adequate, 4% surplus. Subsoil: 81% adequate, 2% surplus.

PRECIPITATION IN INCHES

NW: 0.26 – 137% of normal.

NC: 1.68 – 118% of normal.

CEN: 1.79 – 111% of normal.

SW: 1.33 – 139% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 57% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 99% Corn silked, 67% Corn dough, 13% Corn dent, 82% Dry beans setting pods, 98% Oats harvested, 75% Sorghum headed, 4% Sorghum turning color, 99% Soybeans blooming, 89% Soybeans setting pods.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending August 16, 2009

Rains brought relief to crops in the eastern two-thirds of the state. Rain was recorded statewide, although amounts were limited across much of the Panhandle. Storms produced some local damage but for the most part were quite welcome. Temperatures remained below normal for the week.

Temperatures averaged 1 degree below normal across the state. Except for the Panhandle and Southeast, all other districts averaged over one inch of rain. Many stations outside of the Panhandle recorded over two inches of precipitation with two stations recording over three inches.

Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 4 percent very poor, 6 poor, 13 fair, 55 good, and 22 excellent, near last year’s 76 percent good or excellent rating. Irrigated fields rated 82 percent good or excellent near the 78 of last year while dryland fields rated 71, also near the reading of year ago at 72. Corn in the dough stage was 67 percent, near last year’s 63 but six days behind the average 76. Corn in the dent stage was 13 percent, behind last year’s 17 and 27 average.

Soybean conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 6 poor, 14 fair, 62 good, and 16 excellent, above last year’s 75 percent good or excellent condition and 64 average. Soybeans blooming were 99 percent, ahead of 96 last year but the same as average. Soybeans setting pods was 89 percent, ahead of last year’s 74 and the 88 average.

Alfalfa conditions rated 3 percent very poor, 7 poor, 23 fair, 56 good, and 11 excellent, same as last year’s good or excellent condition but well above 48 average. Third cutting was 57 percent complete ahead of 49 last year but behind 62 average.

Oats harvested was 98 percent, ahead of last year’s 94 but the same as average.

Sorghum conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 23 fair, 63 good, and 10 excellent, below last year’s 76 percent good or excellent condition but above 63 average. Sorghum headed was 75 percent, ahead of last year’s 68 but only a few days behind the 81 average.

Dry bean conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 10 poor, 16 fair, 65 good, and 7 excellent, above last year’s 55 percent good or excellent condition and the 63 average. Dry beans setting pods were 82 percent, behind last year at 87 but ahead of average at 78.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 5 poor, 20 fair, 60 good, and 13 excellent, above last year’s 65 percent good

or excellent condition and average at 40.

TEMPERATURE DATA BY REGION

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 95 max, 44 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 96 max, 48 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 91 max, 56 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 95 max, 51 min.

TOPSOIL AND SUBSOIL MOISTURE

State Report: Topsoil: 78% adequate, 4% surplus. Subsoil: 81% adequate, 2% surplus.

PRECIPITATION IN INCHES

NW: 0.26 – 137% of normal.

NC: 1.68 – 118% of normal.

CEN: 1.79 – 111% of normal.

SW: 1.33 – 139% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 57% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 99% Corn silked, 67% Corn dough, 13% Corn dent, 82% Dry beans setting pods, 98% Oats harvested, 75% Sorghum headed, 4% Sorghum turning color, 99% Soybeans blooming, 89% Soybeans setting pods.