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Plains Edition USDA Information for 8-27-11

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending August 21, 2011

A return to normal temperatures brought improved growing conditions and less stress on livestock. There were, however, storms that brought high winds and hail and caused damage to crops and property in locations around the state. Irrigation was active where needed. Grasshopper numbers were still a concern in portions of the west.

Temperatures for the week averaged close to normal. Highs ranged from the low 80’s to upper 90’s. Lows were recorded in the mid 50’s to low 60’s. The highest levels of precipitation accumulated in the Southeast District with some locations reporting over 3 inches. The western two-thirds of the state was below normal in the amount of rainfall received.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 2% very poor, 6 poor, 16 fair, 57 good, and 19 excellent. Irrigated corn conditions rated 81% good to excellent and dryland corn rated 68. Corn in dough stage was 83%, behind 93 last year and 85 average. Corn in the dent stage was 31%, behind 47 last year and 42 average.

Soybean condition rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 17 fair, 56 good, and 23 excellent, above 77% good to excellent last year and 71 average. Soybean acreage setting pods were at 83%, behind 95 last year and 93 average.

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Sorghum conditions rated 1% very poor, 5 poor, 16 fair, 64 good, and 14 excellent, equal to last year’s good to excellent rating of 78%, but above 72 average. Sorghum headed was 90%, behind 97 last year but equal to average. Sorghum turning color was 24%, ahead of 19 last year and 16 average.

Dry Beans condition rated 2% very poor, 16 poor, 18 fair, 58 good, and 6 excellent, below 78% good to excellent last year and 70 average. Dry beans setting pods were 90%, behind 96 last year and 92 avg.

Alfalfa rated 0% very poor, 4 poor, 17 fair, 63 good, and 16 excellent, near 80% good to excellent last year but well above 60 avg. Third cutting of alfalfa was at 70%, behind 81 last year and 71 avg. The fourth cutting of alfalfa was under way a t 4%, ahead of 3 last year and 1 avg.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 5 poor, 22 fair, 61 good, and 11 exc, below last year’s 86% good to excellent but above 56 avg.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature -98 max, 54 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine and Ainsworth

Temperature – 95 max, 56 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 95 max, 58 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes McCook and North Platte

Temperature – 96 max, 58 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 73% adequate, 3% surplus. Subsoil: 76% adequate, 2% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.13 – 139% of normal.

NC: .0.61 – 141% of normal.

CEN: 0.58 – 135% of normal.

SW: 0.52 – 141% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 70% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 4% Alfalfa 4th cuttiing, 73% Corn dough, 31% Corn dent, 90% Dry beans setting pods, 90% Sorghum headed, 24% Sorghum turning color, 83% Soybeans setting pods.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending August 21, 2011

A return to normal temperatures brought improved growing conditions and less stress on livestock. There were, however, storms that brought high winds and hail and caused damage to crops and property in locations around the state. Irrigation was active where needed. Grasshopper numbers were still a concern in portions of the west.

Temperatures for the week averaged close to normal. Highs ranged from the low 80’s to upper 90’s. Lows were recorded in the mid 50’s to low 60’s. The highest levels of precipitation accumulated in the Southeast District with some locations reporting over 3 inches. The western two-thirds of the state was below normal in the amount of rainfall received.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 2% very poor, 6 poor, 16 fair, 57 good, and 19 excellent. Irrigated corn conditions rated 81% good to excellent and dryland corn rated 68. Corn in dough stage was 83%, behind 93 last year and 85 average. Corn in the dent stage was 31%, behind 47 last year and 42 average.

Soybean condition rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 17 fair, 56 good, and 23 excellent, above 77% good to excellent last year and 71 average. Soybean acreage setting pods were at 83%, behind 95 last year and 93 average.

Sorghum conditions rated 1% very poor, 5 poor, 16 fair, 64 good, and 14 excellent, equal to last year’s good to excellent rating of 78%, but above 72 average. Sorghum headed was 90%, behind 97 last year but equal to average. Sorghum turning color was 24%, ahead of 19 last year and 16 average.

Dry Beans condition rated 2% very poor, 16 poor, 18 fair, 58 good, and 6 excellent, below 78% good to excellent last year and 70 average. Dry beans setting pods were 90%, behind 96 last year and 92 avg.

Alfalfa rated 0% very poor, 4 poor, 17 fair, 63 good, and 16 excellent, near 80% good to excellent last year but well above 60 avg. Third cutting of alfalfa was at 70%, behind 81 last year and 71 avg. The fourth cutting of alfalfa was under way a t 4%, ahead of 3 last year and 1 avg.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 5 poor, 22 fair, 61 good, and 11 exc, below last year’s 86% good to excellent but above 56 avg.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature -98 max, 54 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine and Ainsworth

Temperature – 95 max, 56 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 95 max, 58 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes McCook and North Platte

Temperature – 96 max, 58 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 73% adequate, 3% surplus. Subsoil: 76% adequate, 2% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.13 – 139% of normal.

NC: .0.61 – 141% of normal.

CEN: 0.58 – 135% of normal.

SW: 0.52 – 141% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 70% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 4% Alfalfa 4th cuttiing, 73% Corn dough, 31% Corn dent, 90% Dry beans setting pods, 90% Sorghum headed, 24% Sorghum turning color, 83% Soybeans setting pods.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending August 21, 2011

A return to normal temperatures brought improved growing conditions and less stress on livestock. There were, however, storms that brought high winds and hail and caused damage to crops and property in locations around the state. Irrigation was active where needed. Grasshopper numbers were still a concern in portions of the west.

Temperatures for the week averaged close to normal. Highs ranged from the low 80’s to upper 90’s. Lows were recorded in the mid 50’s to low 60’s. The highest levels of precipitation accumulated in the Southeast District with some locations reporting over 3 inches. The western two-thirds of the state was below normal in the amount of rainfall received.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 2% very poor, 6 poor, 16 fair, 57 good, and 19 excellent. Irrigated corn conditions rated 81% good to excellent and dryland corn rated 68. Corn in dough stage was 83%, behind 93 last year and 85 average. Corn in the dent stage was 31%, behind 47 last year and 42 average.

Soybean condition rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 17 fair, 56 good, and 23 excellent, above 77% good to excellent last year and 71 average. Soybean acreage setting pods were at 83%, behind 95 last year and 93 average.

Sorghum conditions rated 1% very poor, 5 poor, 16 fair, 64 good, and 14 excellent, equal to last year’s good to excellent rating of 78%, but above 72 average. Sorghum headed was 90%, behind 97 last year but equal to average. Sorghum turning color was 24%, ahead of 19 last year and 16 average.

Dry Beans condition rated 2% very poor, 16 poor, 18 fair, 58 good, and 6 excellent, below 78% good to excellent last year and 70 average. Dry beans setting pods were 90%, behind 96 last year and 92 avg.

Alfalfa rated 0% very poor, 4 poor, 17 fair, 63 good, and 16 excellent, near 80% good to excellent last year but well above 60 avg. Third cutting of alfalfa was at 70%, behind 81 last year and 71 avg. The fourth cutting of alfalfa was under way a t 4%, ahead of 3 last year and 1 avg.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 5 poor, 22 fair, 61 good, and 11 exc, below last year’s 86% good to excellent but above 56 avg.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature -98 max, 54 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine and Ainsworth

Temperature – 95 max, 56 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 95 max, 58 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes McCook and North Platte

Temperature – 96 max, 58 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 73% adequate, 3% surplus. Subsoil: 76% adequate, 2% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.13 – 139% of normal.

NC: .0.61 – 141% of normal.

CEN: 0.58 – 135% of normal.

SW: 0.52 – 141% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 70% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 4% Alfalfa 4th cuttiing, 73% Corn dough, 31% Corn dent, 90% Dry beans setting pods, 90% Sorghum headed, 24% Sorghum turning color, 83% Soybeans setting pods.