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Plains Edition USDA Information for 9-10-11

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending September 4, 2011

Above normal temperatures continued to move crops toward maturity. Irrigation of corn was near completion with soybean irrigation in its last stages. Corn for silage, high moisture corn, and seed corn harvests have started on a limited basis. A few early fields of sorghum and dry beans were harvested as well. Winter wheat seeding was underway in the west. Grasshoppers continue to be a concern in portions of the Panhandle.

Temps for the week averaged 5 degrees above normal. Highs were mainly in the 90’s but did reach triple digits. Lows were recorded in the 40’s and 50’s but dipped into the upper 30’s in portions of the west. The East Central District recorded the highest levels of precipitation in the state followed by the South Central and Southeast Districts. Other areas received less than one inch of precipitation.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 2% very poor, 6 poor, 17 fair, 57 good, and 18 excellent, below 81% good to excellent last year but near 74 avg. Irrigated corn conditions rated 79% good to excellent and dryland corn rated 69. Corn having reached at least the dough stage was 97%, behind 99 last year but equal to avg. Corn in dent or beyond was 72%, behind 81 last year and 77 avg. Corn mature was 2%, behind 7 last year and 10 avg.

Soybean condition rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 17 fair, 57 good, and 22 excellent, near 78% good to excellent last year but above 72 avg. Soybeans turning color was 12%, behind 26 last year and 27 avg.

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Winter Wheat seeded was 10%, near last year’s 8 and 7 avg.

Proso Millet harvest was 7%, behind 14 last year but equal to avg.

Sorghum conditions rated 1% very poor, 8 poor, 14 fair, 62 good, and 15 excellent, near last year’s good to excellent rating of 80% but above 73 avg. Sorghum turning color was 75%, ahead of 65 last year and 55 avg.

Dry Beans condition rated 3% very poor, 18 poor, 18 fair, 52 good, and 9 excellent, below 75% good to excellent last year and 69 avg. Dry beans turning color was 69%, behind 83% last year but near 68 avg. Dry beans dropping leaves were 36%, equal to last year but ahead of 26 avg.

Alfalfa rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 20 fair, 65 good, and 12 excellent, below 81% good to excellent last year but well above 61 avg. Third cutting of alfalfa was at 85%, behind 92 last year and 89 avg. The fourth cutting of alfalfa was at 17%, behind 21 last year but ahead of 15 avg.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 6 poor, 21 fair, 63 good, and 9 excellent, below last year’s 82% good to exc but above 56 avg.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature -95 max, 37 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine and Ainsworth

Temperature – 96 max, 39 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 102 max, 43 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes McCook and North Platte

Temperature – 101 max, 39 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

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

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.26 – 137% of normal.

NC: .0.33 – 136% of normal.

CEN: 0.60 – 130% of normal.

SW: 0.52 – 137% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 85% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 17% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 97% Corn dough, 72% Corn dent, 2% Corn mature, 69% Dry beans turning color, 36% Dry beans dropping leaves, 7% Proso millet harvest, 75% Sorghum turning color, 12% Soybeans turning color, 10% Winter wheat seeded.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending September 4, 2011

Above normal temperatures continued to move crops toward maturity. Irrigation of corn was near completion with soybean irrigation in its last stages. Corn for silage, high moisture corn, and seed corn harvests have started on a limited basis. A few early fields of sorghum and dry beans were harvested as well. Winter wheat seeding was underway in the west. Grasshoppers continue to be a concern in portions of the Panhandle.

Temps for the week averaged 5 degrees above normal. Highs were mainly in the 90’s but did reach triple digits. Lows were recorded in the 40’s and 50’s but dipped into the upper 30’s in portions of the west. The East Central District recorded the highest levels of precipitation in the state followed by the South Central and Southeast Districts. Other areas received less than one inch of precipitation.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 2% very poor, 6 poor, 17 fair, 57 good, and 18 excellent, below 81% good to excellent last year but near 74 avg. Irrigated corn conditions rated 79% good to excellent and dryland corn rated 69. Corn having reached at least the dough stage was 97%, behind 99 last year but equal to avg. Corn in dent or beyond was 72%, behind 81 last year and 77 avg. Corn mature was 2%, behind 7 last year and 10 avg.

Soybean condition rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 17 fair, 57 good, and 22 excellent, near 78% good to excellent last year but above 72 avg. Soybeans turning color was 12%, behind 26 last year and 27 avg.

Winter Wheat seeded was 10%, near last year’s 8 and 7 avg.

Proso Millet harvest was 7%, behind 14 last year but equal to avg.

Sorghum conditions rated 1% very poor, 8 poor, 14 fair, 62 good, and 15 excellent, near last year’s good to excellent rating of 80% but above 73 avg. Sorghum turning color was 75%, ahead of 65 last year and 55 avg.

Dry Beans condition rated 3% very poor, 18 poor, 18 fair, 52 good, and 9 excellent, below 75% good to excellent last year and 69 avg. Dry beans turning color was 69%, behind 83% last year but near 68 avg. Dry beans dropping leaves were 36%, equal to last year but ahead of 26 avg.

Alfalfa rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 20 fair, 65 good, and 12 excellent, below 81% good to excellent last year but well above 61 avg. Third cutting of alfalfa was at 85%, behind 92 last year and 89 avg. The fourth cutting of alfalfa was at 17%, behind 21 last year but ahead of 15 avg.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 6 poor, 21 fair, 63 good, and 9 excellent, below last year’s 82% good to exc but above 56 avg.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature -95 max, 37 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine and Ainsworth

Temperature – 96 max, 39 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 102 max, 43 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes McCook and North Platte

Temperature – 101 max, 39 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

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

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.26 – 137% of normal.

NC: .0.33 – 136% of normal.

CEN: 0.60 – 130% of normal.

SW: 0.52 – 137% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 85% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 17% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 97% Corn dough, 72% Corn dent, 2% Corn mature, 69% Dry beans turning color, 36% Dry beans dropping leaves, 7% Proso millet harvest, 75% Sorghum turning color, 12% Soybeans turning color, 10% Winter wheat seeded.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending September 4, 2011

Above normal temperatures continued to move crops toward maturity. Irrigation of corn was near completion with soybean irrigation in its last stages. Corn for silage, high moisture corn, and seed corn harvests have started on a limited basis. A few early fields of sorghum and dry beans were harvested as well. Winter wheat seeding was underway in the west. Grasshoppers continue to be a concern in portions of the Panhandle.

Temps for the week averaged 5 degrees above normal. Highs were mainly in the 90’s but did reach triple digits. Lows were recorded in the 40’s and 50’s but dipped into the upper 30’s in portions of the west. The East Central District recorded the highest levels of precipitation in the state followed by the South Central and Southeast Districts. Other areas received less than one inch of precipitation.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 2% very poor, 6 poor, 17 fair, 57 good, and 18 excellent, below 81% good to excellent last year but near 74 avg. Irrigated corn conditions rated 79% good to excellent and dryland corn rated 69. Corn having reached at least the dough stage was 97%, behind 99 last year but equal to avg. Corn in dent or beyond was 72%, behind 81 last year and 77 avg. Corn mature was 2%, behind 7 last year and 10 avg.

Soybean condition rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 17 fair, 57 good, and 22 excellent, near 78% good to excellent last year but above 72 avg. Soybeans turning color was 12%, behind 26 last year and 27 avg.

Winter Wheat seeded was 10%, near last year’s 8 and 7 avg.

Proso Millet harvest was 7%, behind 14 last year but equal to avg.

Sorghum conditions rated 1% very poor, 8 poor, 14 fair, 62 good, and 15 excellent, near last year’s good to excellent rating of 80% but above 73 avg. Sorghum turning color was 75%, ahead of 65 last year and 55 avg.

Dry Beans condition rated 3% very poor, 18 poor, 18 fair, 52 good, and 9 excellent, below 75% good to excellent last year and 69 avg. Dry beans turning color was 69%, behind 83% last year but near 68 avg. Dry beans dropping leaves were 36%, equal to last year but ahead of 26 avg.

Alfalfa rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 20 fair, 65 good, and 12 excellent, below 81% good to excellent last year but well above 61 avg. Third cutting of alfalfa was at 85%, behind 92 last year and 89 avg. The fourth cutting of alfalfa was at 17%, behind 21 last year but ahead of 15 avg.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 6 poor, 21 fair, 63 good, and 9 excellent, below last year’s 82% good to exc but above 56 avg.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature -95 max, 37 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine and Ainsworth

Temperature – 96 max, 39 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 102 max, 43 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes McCook and North Platte

Temperature – 101 max, 39 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

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

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.26 – 137% of normal.

NC: .0.33 – 136% of normal.

CEN: 0.60 – 130% of normal.

SW: 0.52 – 137% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 85% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 17% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 97% Corn dough, 72% Corn dent, 2% Corn mature, 69% Dry beans turning color, 36% Dry beans dropping leaves, 7% Proso millet harvest, 75% Sorghum turning color, 12% Soybeans turning color, 10% Winter wheat seeded.