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Plains Edition USDA Information for 8-29-09

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending August 23, 2009

Continued below normal temperatures combined with the heavy rains of two weeks ago improved crop conditions. Rain was again recorded statewide, although amounts were limited to less than a half inch in most locations. While soil moisture supplies continue to be rated adequate or above across most of the state, moderate drought conditions continue to exist in portions of southern Nebraska.

Temperatures averaged 7 degrees below normal across the state. Except for the Panhandle, highs were limited to the mid 80’s, with lows in the mid 40’s. With only a few exceptions, rainfall totals were limited to a half inch or less for the week.

Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 3% very poor, 5 poor, 14 fair, 51 good, and 27 excellent, above last year’s 75% good or excellent rating. Irrigated fields rated 81% good or excellent near the 80 of last year while dryland fields rated 74, above the 69 reading of year ago. Corn in the dough stage reached 76%, behind last year’s 82 and a week behind the 88 average. Corn having reached the dent stage was 30%, behind last year’s 39 and six days behind 48 average.

Soybean conditions rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 15 fair, 58 good, and 20 excellent, above last year’s 72% good or excellent condition and 64 average. Soybeans setting pods was 95%, ahead of last year’s 91 but near 96 average.

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Alfalfa conditions moved higher and rated 2% very poor, 6 poor, 24 fair, 52 good, and 16 excellent, above last year’s 65 good or excellent condition and well above 49 average. Third cutting was 70% complete ahead of 66 last year but behind 77 average. The fourth cutting was just getting underway.

Sorghum conditions rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 23 fair, 55 good, and 18 excellent, below last year’s 77% good or excellent condition but above 61 average. Sorghum headed was 89%, near last year’s 88 but behind 93 average. Sorghum coloring was at 6%, behind 15 last year and over one week behind the 24 average.

Dry bean conditions rated 2% very poor, 12 poor, 18 fair, 61 good, and 7 excellent, above last year’s 61%

good or excellent condition and the 65 average. Dry beans setting pods were 93%, behind last year at 97 but ahead of average at 90. Late planted fields continue to need additional heat units to mature properly.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 19 fair, 59 good, and 15 excellent, above last year’s 58% good or excellent condition and average at 38.

TEMPERATURE DATA BY REGION

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 96 max, 42 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 84 max, 44 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 84 max, 43 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 86 max, 45 min.

TOPSOIL AND SUBSOIL MOISTURE

State Report: Topsoil: 76% adequate, 2% surplus. Subsoil: 79% adequate, 1% surplus.

PRECIPITATION IN INCHES

NW: 0.13 – 135% of normal.

NC: 0.74 – 121% of normal.

CEN: 0.25- 113% of normal.

SW: 0.49 – 138% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 70% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 76% Corn dough, 30% Corn dent, 93% Dry beans setting pods, 7 % Dry beans turning color, 89% Sorghum headed, 6% Sorghum turning color, 95% Soybeans setting pods.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending August 23, 2009

Continued below normal temperatures combined with the heavy rains of two weeks ago improved crop conditions. Rain was again recorded statewide, although amounts were limited to less than a half inch in most locations. While soil moisture supplies continue to be rated adequate or above across most of the state, moderate drought conditions continue to exist in portions of southern Nebraska.

Temperatures averaged 7 degrees below normal across the state. Except for the Panhandle, highs were limited to the mid 80’s, with lows in the mid 40’s. With only a few exceptions, rainfall totals were limited to a half inch or less for the week.

Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 3% very poor, 5 poor, 14 fair, 51 good, and 27 excellent, above last year’s 75% good or excellent rating. Irrigated fields rated 81% good or excellent near the 80 of last year while dryland fields rated 74, above the 69 reading of year ago. Corn in the dough stage reached 76%, behind last year’s 82 and a week behind the 88 average. Corn having reached the dent stage was 30%, behind last year’s 39 and six days behind 48 average.

Soybean conditions rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 15 fair, 58 good, and 20 excellent, above last year’s 72% good or excellent condition and 64 average. Soybeans setting pods was 95%, ahead of last year’s 91 but near 96 average.

Alfalfa conditions moved higher and rated 2% very poor, 6 poor, 24 fair, 52 good, and 16 excellent, above last year’s 65 good or excellent condition and well above 49 average. Third cutting was 70% complete ahead of 66 last year but behind 77 average. The fourth cutting was just getting underway.

Sorghum conditions rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 23 fair, 55 good, and 18 excellent, below last year’s 77% good or excellent condition but above 61 average. Sorghum headed was 89%, near last year’s 88 but behind 93 average. Sorghum coloring was at 6%, behind 15 last year and over one week behind the 24 average.

Dry bean conditions rated 2% very poor, 12 poor, 18 fair, 61 good, and 7 excellent, above last year’s 61%

good or excellent condition and the 65 average. Dry beans setting pods were 93%, behind last year at 97 but ahead of average at 90. Late planted fields continue to need additional heat units to mature properly.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 19 fair, 59 good, and 15 excellent, above last year’s 58% good or excellent condition and average at 38.

TEMPERATURE DATA BY REGION

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 96 max, 42 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 84 max, 44 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 84 max, 43 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 86 max, 45 min.

TOPSOIL AND SUBSOIL MOISTURE

State Report: Topsoil: 76% adequate, 2% surplus. Subsoil: 79% adequate, 1% surplus.

PRECIPITATION IN INCHES

NW: 0.13 – 135% of normal.

NC: 0.74 – 121% of normal.

CEN: 0.25- 113% of normal.

SW: 0.49 – 138% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 70% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 76% Corn dough, 30% Corn dent, 93% Dry beans setting pods, 7 % Dry beans turning color, 89% Sorghum headed, 6% Sorghum turning color, 95% Soybeans setting pods.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending August 23, 2009

Continued below normal temperatures combined with the heavy rains of two weeks ago improved crop conditions. Rain was again recorded statewide, although amounts were limited to less than a half inch in most locations. While soil moisture supplies continue to be rated adequate or above across most of the state, moderate drought conditions continue to exist in portions of southern Nebraska.

Temperatures averaged 7 degrees below normal across the state. Except for the Panhandle, highs were limited to the mid 80’s, with lows in the mid 40’s. With only a few exceptions, rainfall totals were limited to a half inch or less for the week.

Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 3% very poor, 5 poor, 14 fair, 51 good, and 27 excellent, above last year’s 75% good or excellent rating. Irrigated fields rated 81% good or excellent near the 80 of last year while dryland fields rated 74, above the 69 reading of year ago. Corn in the dough stage reached 76%, behind last year’s 82 and a week behind the 88 average. Corn having reached the dent stage was 30%, behind last year’s 39 and six days behind 48 average.

Soybean conditions rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 15 fair, 58 good, and 20 excellent, above last year’s 72% good or excellent condition and 64 average. Soybeans setting pods was 95%, ahead of last year’s 91 but near 96 average.

Alfalfa conditions moved higher and rated 2% very poor, 6 poor, 24 fair, 52 good, and 16 excellent, above last year’s 65 good or excellent condition and well above 49 average. Third cutting was 70% complete ahead of 66 last year but behind 77 average. The fourth cutting was just getting underway.

Sorghum conditions rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 23 fair, 55 good, and 18 excellent, below last year’s 77% good or excellent condition but above 61 average. Sorghum headed was 89%, near last year’s 88 but behind 93 average. Sorghum coloring was at 6%, behind 15 last year and over one week behind the 24 average.

Dry bean conditions rated 2% very poor, 12 poor, 18 fair, 61 good, and 7 excellent, above last year’s 61%

good or excellent condition and the 65 average. Dry beans setting pods were 93%, behind last year at 97 but ahead of average at 90. Late planted fields continue to need additional heat units to mature properly.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 19 fair, 59 good, and 15 excellent, above last year’s 58% good or excellent condition and average at 38.

TEMPERATURE DATA BY REGION

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 96 max, 42 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 84 max, 44 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 84 max, 43 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 86 max, 45 min.

TOPSOIL AND SUBSOIL MOISTURE

State Report: Topsoil: 76% adequate, 2% surplus. Subsoil: 79% adequate, 1% surplus.

PRECIPITATION IN INCHES

NW: 0.13 – 135% of normal.

NC: 0.74 – 121% of normal.

CEN: 0.25- 113% of normal.

SW: 0.49 – 138% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 70% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 76% Corn dough, 30% Corn dent, 93% Dry beans setting pods, 7 % Dry beans turning color, 89% Sorghum headed, 6% Sorghum turning color, 95% Soybeans setting pods.