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Plains Edition USDA Information for 9-11-10

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending September 5, 2010

Rain fell during the middle of the week across parts of the eastern half of the State while western counties again remained dry. Silage cutting continued with crop maturities well ahead of last year. In western counties, wheat seeding began to gain momentum as did millet harvest. Irrigators began shutting down systems, picking up pipe, preparing grain bins and equipment for harvest.

Temperatures averaged 2 degrees below normal with highs reaching triple digits in the Southwest to lows in the mid 30’s in the Panhandle. The heaviest amounts of rain fell

in portions of East Central and Southeastern Districts. The western half of the State was mainly dry and averaged less than .10 inch of precipitation for the week.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 2% very poor, 4 poor, 13 fair, 54 good, and 27 excellent, above a year ago. Irrigated fields were 83% good or excellent and dryland fields rated 79. Corn reaching the dent stage was 83%, well ahead of 67% last year and 79 average. Mature was at 8%, ahead of 5% but behind 11 average.

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Soybean conditions rated 2% very poor, 4 poor, 16 fair, 54 good, and 24 exc., near last year. Soybean acreage turning color was 29%, behind 33 last year and 34 avg. Acreage dropping leaves was 4%, near 2 last year and 4 avg.

Sorghum conditions rated 2% poor, 17 fair, 60 good, and 21 excellent, above last year. Sorghum acreage turning color was 69%, ahead of last year’s 33 and 60 average.

Winter wheat seeding was underway at 9% complete, near 10 last year and 8 average.

Dry beans conditions rated 1% very poor, 4 poor, 20 fair, 66 good, and 9 excellent, above last year. Dry beans turning color jumped to 88%, ahead of 57 last year and 67 average. Dry bean acreage dropping leaves was 41%, ahead of last year’s 18 and 26 average.

Proso millet harvest was at 16%, ahead of 2 last year and 8 average.

Alfalfa rated 1% very poor, 5 poor, 13 fair, 64 good, and 17 excellent. The fourth cutting of alfalfa progressed to 23%, ahead of 16 last year and 18 average.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 14 fair, 68 good, and 14 excellent, above year ago levels.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 97 max, 36 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 95 max, 41 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 91 max, 40 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 102 max, 37 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 61% adequate, 0% surplus. Subsoil: 78% adequate, 0% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.03 – 114% of normal.

NC: .0.77 – 138% of normal.

CEN: 0.23 – 136% of normal.

SW: 0.09 – 124% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 23% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 83% Corn dent, 8% Corn mature, 88% Dry beans turning color, 41% Dry beans dropping leaves, 16% Proso millet harvested, 69% Sorghum turning color, 29% Soybeans turning color, 4% Soybeans dropping leaves, 9% Winter wheat seeded.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending September 5, 2010

Rain fell during the middle of the week across parts of the eastern half of the State while western counties again remained dry. Silage cutting continued with crop maturities well ahead of last year. In western counties, wheat seeding began to gain momentum as did millet harvest. Irrigators began shutting down systems, picking up pipe, preparing grain bins and equipment for harvest.

Temperatures averaged 2 degrees below normal with highs reaching triple digits in the Southwest to lows in the mid 30’s in the Panhandle. The heaviest amounts of rain fell

in portions of East Central and Southeastern Districts. The western half of the State was mainly dry and averaged less than .10 inch of precipitation for the week.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 2% very poor, 4 poor, 13 fair, 54 good, and 27 excellent, above a year ago. Irrigated fields were 83% good or excellent and dryland fields rated 79. Corn reaching the dent stage was 83%, well ahead of 67% last year and 79 average. Mature was at 8%, ahead of 5% but behind 11 average.

Soybean conditions rated 2% very poor, 4 poor, 16 fair, 54 good, and 24 exc., near last year. Soybean acreage turning color was 29%, behind 33 last year and 34 avg. Acreage dropping leaves was 4%, near 2 last year and 4 avg.

Sorghum conditions rated 2% poor, 17 fair, 60 good, and 21 excellent, above last year. Sorghum acreage turning color was 69%, ahead of last year’s 33 and 60 average.

Winter wheat seeding was underway at 9% complete, near 10 last year and 8 average.

Dry beans conditions rated 1% very poor, 4 poor, 20 fair, 66 good, and 9 excellent, above last year. Dry beans turning color jumped to 88%, ahead of 57 last year and 67 average. Dry bean acreage dropping leaves was 41%, ahead of last year’s 18 and 26 average.

Proso millet harvest was at 16%, ahead of 2 last year and 8 average.

Alfalfa rated 1% very poor, 5 poor, 13 fair, 64 good, and 17 excellent. The fourth cutting of alfalfa progressed to 23%, ahead of 16 last year and 18 average.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 14 fair, 68 good, and 14 excellent, above year ago levels.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 97 max, 36 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 95 max, 41 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 91 max, 40 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 102 max, 37 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 61% adequate, 0% surplus. Subsoil: 78% adequate, 0% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.03 – 114% of normal.

NC: .0.77 – 138% of normal.

CEN: 0.23 – 136% of normal.

SW: 0.09 – 124% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 23% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 83% Corn dent, 8% Corn mature, 88% Dry beans turning color, 41% Dry beans dropping leaves, 16% Proso millet harvested, 69% Sorghum turning color, 29% Soybeans turning color, 4% Soybeans dropping leaves, 9% Winter wheat seeded.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending September 5, 2010

Rain fell during the middle of the week across parts of the eastern half of the State while western counties again remained dry. Silage cutting continued with crop maturities well ahead of last year. In western counties, wheat seeding began to gain momentum as did millet harvest. Irrigators began shutting down systems, picking up pipe, preparing grain bins and equipment for harvest.

Temperatures averaged 2 degrees below normal with highs reaching triple digits in the Southwest to lows in the mid 30’s in the Panhandle. The heaviest amounts of rain fell

in portions of East Central and Southeastern Districts. The western half of the State was mainly dry and averaged less than .10 inch of precipitation for the week.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 2% very poor, 4 poor, 13 fair, 54 good, and 27 excellent, above a year ago. Irrigated fields were 83% good or excellent and dryland fields rated 79. Corn reaching the dent stage was 83%, well ahead of 67% last year and 79 average. Mature was at 8%, ahead of 5% but behind 11 average.

Soybean conditions rated 2% very poor, 4 poor, 16 fair, 54 good, and 24 exc., near last year. Soybean acreage turning color was 29%, behind 33 last year and 34 avg. Acreage dropping leaves was 4%, near 2 last year and 4 avg.

Sorghum conditions rated 2% poor, 17 fair, 60 good, and 21 excellent, above last year. Sorghum acreage turning color was 69%, ahead of last year’s 33 and 60 average.

Winter wheat seeding was underway at 9% complete, near 10 last year and 8 average.

Dry beans conditions rated 1% very poor, 4 poor, 20 fair, 66 good, and 9 excellent, above last year. Dry beans turning color jumped to 88%, ahead of 57 last year and 67 average. Dry bean acreage dropping leaves was 41%, ahead of last year’s 18 and 26 average.

Proso millet harvest was at 16%, ahead of 2 last year and 8 average.

Alfalfa rated 1% very poor, 5 poor, 13 fair, 64 good, and 17 excellent. The fourth cutting of alfalfa progressed to 23%, ahead of 16 last year and 18 average.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 14 fair, 68 good, and 14 excellent, above year ago levels.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 97 max, 36 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 95 max, 41 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 91 max, 40 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 102 max, 37 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 61% adequate, 0% surplus. Subsoil: 78% adequate, 0% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.03 – 114% of normal.

NC: .0.77 – 138% of normal.

CEN: 0.23 – 136% of normal.

SW: 0.09 – 124% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 23% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 83% Corn dent, 8% Corn mature, 88% Dry beans turning color, 41% Dry beans dropping leaves, 16% Proso millet harvested, 69% Sorghum turning color, 29% Soybeans turning color, 4% Soybeans dropping leaves, 9% Winter wheat seeded.