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Plains Edition USDA Information for 8-28-10

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending August 22, 2010

Rain fell during the week bringing some relief to crops stressed by the above normal temperatures. Crop maturity continues ahead of average. Hay harvest advanced with producers taking advantage of periods of dry weather. Panhandle producers were preparing wheat ground for fall seeding. Also in the west, grasshoppers were a concern in some areas. Producers were hauling grain to empty farm storage in preparation for fall harvest. Livestock in confined areas were stressed due to the heat and high humidity.

Temperatures for the week averaged 2 degrees above normal with highs that reached over 100 and lows in the low 50’s. Rain fell in nearly all areas of the state. The Central, Southwest and South Central Districts averaged over one inch of precipitation with some isolated locations receiving close to three inches.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 2% very poor, 4 poor, 12 fair, 55 good, and 27 excellent, above year ago. Irrigated fields were 83% good or excellent and dryland fields rated 81. Corn in the dough stage was 95%, ahead of 75 last year and 85 avg. Corn in the dent stage was 50%, ahead of 28% last year and 45 avg.

Soybean conditions rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 16 fair, 53 good, and 24 excellent, near last year. Soybean acreage setting pods was 95%, near 94 last year and equal to avg. The first soybeans fields were turning color at 3%, near 2 last year and 4 avg.

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Sorghum conditions rated 2% poor, 20 fair, 64 good, and 14 excellent, near last year. Sorghum headed was 98%, ahead of last year’s 87 and 91 avg. Sorghum turning color was 20%, ahead of last year’s 6 but equal to avg.

Dry beans conditions rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 18 fair, 68 good, and 10 exc. Acreage setting pods was 98%, ahead of 91 last year and 93 avg. The first fields of dry beans were turning color at 5%, near 6 last year but behind 12 avg.

Alfalfa rated 2% very poor, 4 poor, 14 fair, 63 good, and 17 exc. The third cutting of alfalfa was 83% complete, ahead of 68 last year and 73 avg. The fourth cutting of alfalfa was underway at 3%, same as last year and near 2 avg.

Wild hay conditions rated 1% very poor, 2 poor, 9 fair, 69 good, and 19 excellent. Wild hay harvested was 97% complete, ahead of 89 last year.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 10 fair, 71 good, and 15 excellent, well above year ago.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 98 max, 51 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 101 max, 54 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 95 max, 51 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 101 max, 53 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 68% adequate, 0% surplus. Subsoil: 80% adequate, 1% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.40 – 121% of normal.

NC: .0.53 – 143% of normal.

CEN: 1.70 – 142% of normal.

SW: 0.44 – 132% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 83% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 3% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 95% Corn dough, 50% Corn dent, 98% Dry beans setting pods, 5% Dry beans turning color, 98% Sorghum headed, 20% Sorghum turning color, 95% Soybeans setting pods, 3% Soybeans turning color, 97% Wild hay harvested.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending August 22, 2010

Rain fell during the week bringing some relief to crops stressed by the above normal temperatures. Crop maturity continues ahead of average. Hay harvest advanced with producers taking advantage of periods of dry weather. Panhandle producers were preparing wheat ground for fall seeding. Also in the west, grasshoppers were a concern in some areas. Producers were hauling grain to empty farm storage in preparation for fall harvest. Livestock in confined areas were stressed due to the heat and high humidity.

Temperatures for the week averaged 2 degrees above normal with highs that reached over 100 and lows in the low 50’s. Rain fell in nearly all areas of the state. The Central, Southwest and South Central Districts averaged over one inch of precipitation with some isolated locations receiving close to three inches.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 2% very poor, 4 poor, 12 fair, 55 good, and 27 excellent, above year ago. Irrigated fields were 83% good or excellent and dryland fields rated 81. Corn in the dough stage was 95%, ahead of 75 last year and 85 avg. Corn in the dent stage was 50%, ahead of 28% last year and 45 avg.

Soybean conditions rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 16 fair, 53 good, and 24 excellent, near last year. Soybean acreage setting pods was 95%, near 94 last year and equal to avg. The first soybeans fields were turning color at 3%, near 2 last year and 4 avg.

Sorghum conditions rated 2% poor, 20 fair, 64 good, and 14 excellent, near last year. Sorghum headed was 98%, ahead of last year’s 87 and 91 avg. Sorghum turning color was 20%, ahead of last year’s 6 but equal to avg.

Dry beans conditions rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 18 fair, 68 good, and 10 exc. Acreage setting pods was 98%, ahead of 91 last year and 93 avg. The first fields of dry beans were turning color at 5%, near 6 last year but behind 12 avg.

Alfalfa rated 2% very poor, 4 poor, 14 fair, 63 good, and 17 exc. The third cutting of alfalfa was 83% complete, ahead of 68 last year and 73 avg. The fourth cutting of alfalfa was underway at 3%, same as last year and near 2 avg.

Wild hay conditions rated 1% very poor, 2 poor, 9 fair, 69 good, and 19 excellent. Wild hay harvested was 97% complete, ahead of 89 last year.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 10 fair, 71 good, and 15 excellent, well above year ago.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 98 max, 51 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 101 max, 54 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 95 max, 51 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 101 max, 53 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 68% adequate, 0% surplus. Subsoil: 80% adequate, 1% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.40 – 121% of normal.

NC: .0.53 – 143% of normal.

CEN: 1.70 – 142% of normal.

SW: 0.44 – 132% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 83% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 3% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 95% Corn dough, 50% Corn dent, 98% Dry beans setting pods, 5% Dry beans turning color, 98% Sorghum headed, 20% Sorghum turning color, 95% Soybeans setting pods, 3% Soybeans turning color, 97% Wild hay harvested.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending August 22, 2010

Rain fell during the week bringing some relief to crops stressed by the above normal temperatures. Crop maturity continues ahead of average. Hay harvest advanced with producers taking advantage of periods of dry weather. Panhandle producers were preparing wheat ground for fall seeding. Also in the west, grasshoppers were a concern in some areas. Producers were hauling grain to empty farm storage in preparation for fall harvest. Livestock in confined areas were stressed due to the heat and high humidity.

Temperatures for the week averaged 2 degrees above normal with highs that reached over 100 and lows in the low 50’s. Rain fell in nearly all areas of the state. The Central, Southwest and South Central Districts averaged over one inch of precipitation with some isolated locations receiving close to three inches.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 2% very poor, 4 poor, 12 fair, 55 good, and 27 excellent, above year ago. Irrigated fields were 83% good or excellent and dryland fields rated 81. Corn in the dough stage was 95%, ahead of 75 last year and 85 avg. Corn in the dent stage was 50%, ahead of 28% last year and 45 avg.

Soybean conditions rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 16 fair, 53 good, and 24 excellent, near last year. Soybean acreage setting pods was 95%, near 94 last year and equal to avg. The first soybeans fields were turning color at 3%, near 2 last year and 4 avg.

Sorghum conditions rated 2% poor, 20 fair, 64 good, and 14 excellent, near last year. Sorghum headed was 98%, ahead of last year’s 87 and 91 avg. Sorghum turning color was 20%, ahead of last year’s 6 but equal to avg.

Dry beans conditions rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 18 fair, 68 good, and 10 exc. Acreage setting pods was 98%, ahead of 91 last year and 93 avg. The first fields of dry beans were turning color at 5%, near 6 last year but behind 12 avg.

Alfalfa rated 2% very poor, 4 poor, 14 fair, 63 good, and 17 exc. The third cutting of alfalfa was 83% complete, ahead of 68 last year and 73 avg. The fourth cutting of alfalfa was underway at 3%, same as last year and near 2 avg.

Wild hay conditions rated 1% very poor, 2 poor, 9 fair, 69 good, and 19 excellent. Wild hay harvested was 97% complete, ahead of 89 last year.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 10 fair, 71 good, and 15 excellent, well above year ago.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 98 max, 51 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 101 max, 54 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 95 max, 51 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 101 max, 53 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 68% adequate, 0% surplus. Subsoil: 80% adequate, 1% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.40 – 121% of normal.

NC: .0.53 – 143% of normal.

CEN: 1.70 – 142% of normal.

SW: 0.44 – 132% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 83% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 3% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 95% Corn dough, 50% Corn dent, 98% Dry beans setting pods, 5% Dry beans turning color, 98% Sorghum headed, 20% Sorghum turning color, 95% Soybeans setting pods, 3% Soybeans turning color, 97% Wild hay harvested.