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Plains Edition USDA Information for 9-17-11

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending September 11, 2011

Crops were turning fall colors during a mostly dry week with below normal temperatures. Producers were beginning to pick up pipe as irrigation was ending. Corn silage, high moisture corn, and seed corn harvests picked up momentum. Dry bean and proso millet harvests are underway in the west. Almost a quarter of the winter wheat crop was seeded. Flooded land that neighbored rivers has begun to reappear.

Temperatures for the week averaged 3 degrees below normal. Highs were mainly in the mid to upper 80’s. Lows were recorded in the 40’s but dipped into the upper 30’s in isolated locations. Only small amounts of rain were recorded in the extreme southwest and western Panhandle counties. The majority of the state received no precipitation.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 17 fair, 57 good, and 19 exc, below 83% good to exc last year but near 74 avg. Irrigated corn conditions rated 81% good to exc and dryland corn rated 70. Corn in dent or beyond was 90%, near 91 last year and 87 avg. Corn mature was 9%, well behind 23 last year and 20 avg. Corn harvest was at 1% with seed corn and high moisture fields being taken.

Soybean condition rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 14 fair, 59 good, and 23 exc, near 80% good to exc last year but above 73 avg. Soybeans turning color was 39%, well behind 63 last year and 59 avg. Soybeans dropping leaves was 3%, behind 18 last year and 13 avg.

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Winter Wheat seeded was 23%, equal to last year & near 20 avg.

Proso Millet harvest was 14%, behind 28 last year and 18 avg.

Sorghum conditions rated 0% very poor, 8 poor, 15 fair, 63 good, and 14 exc, near last year’s good to exc rating of 79% but above 72 avg. Sorghum turning color was 79%, behind 90 last year but ahead of 73 avg. Sorghum mature was 9%, ahead of 3 last year and 5 avg.

Dry Beans condition rated 2% very poor, 15 poor, 21 fair, 51 good, and 11 exc, below 75% good to exc last year and 68 avg. Dry beans turning color was 83%, behind 97% last year and 8 avg. Dry beans dropping leaves were 59%, near last year’s 61 but ahead of 48 avg. Dry beans harvested was 10%, behind 25 last year & 15 avg.

Alfalfa rated 0% very poor, 4 poor, 18 fair, 65 good, and 13 exc, below 80% good to exc last year but well above 64 avg. Third cutting of alfalfa was at 95%, near 96 last year and avg. The fourth cutting of alfalfa was at 33%, behind 41 last year but ahead of 30 avg.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 6 poor, 23 fair, 61 good, and 9 exc, below last year’s 77% good to exc but above 56 avg.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature -89 max, 42 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine and Ainsworth

Temperature – 89 max, 42 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 89 max, 38 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes McCook and North Platte

Temperature – 91 max, 38 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 65% adequate, 1% surplus. Subsoil: 72% adequate, 1% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.02 – 135% of normal.

NC: .0.00- 132% of normal.

CEN: 0.00 – 126% of normal.

SW: 0.00 – 121% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 95% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 33% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 90% Corn dent, 9% Corn mature, 83% Dry beans turning color, 59% Dry beans dropping leaves, 10% Dry beans harvested, 14% Proso millet harvest, 79% Sorghum turning color, 9% Sorghum mature, 39% Soybeans turning color, 3% Soybeans dropping leaves, 23% Winter wheat seeded.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending September 11, 2011

Crops were turning fall colors during a mostly dry week with below normal temperatures. Producers were beginning to pick up pipe as irrigation was ending. Corn silage, high moisture corn, and seed corn harvests picked up momentum. Dry bean and proso millet harvests are underway in the west. Almost a quarter of the winter wheat crop was seeded. Flooded land that neighbored rivers has begun to reappear.

Temperatures for the week averaged 3 degrees below normal. Highs were mainly in the mid to upper 80’s. Lows were recorded in the 40’s but dipped into the upper 30’s in isolated locations. Only small amounts of rain were recorded in the extreme southwest and western Panhandle counties. The majority of the state received no precipitation.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 17 fair, 57 good, and 19 exc, below 83% good to exc last year but near 74 avg. Irrigated corn conditions rated 81% good to exc and dryland corn rated 70. Corn in dent or beyond was 90%, near 91 last year and 87 avg. Corn mature was 9%, well behind 23 last year and 20 avg. Corn harvest was at 1% with seed corn and high moisture fields being taken.

Soybean condition rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 14 fair, 59 good, and 23 exc, near 80% good to exc last year but above 73 avg. Soybeans turning color was 39%, well behind 63 last year and 59 avg. Soybeans dropping leaves was 3%, behind 18 last year and 13 avg.

Winter Wheat seeded was 23%, equal to last year & near 20 avg.

Proso Millet harvest was 14%, behind 28 last year and 18 avg.

Sorghum conditions rated 0% very poor, 8 poor, 15 fair, 63 good, and 14 exc, near last year’s good to exc rating of 79% but above 72 avg. Sorghum turning color was 79%, behind 90 last year but ahead of 73 avg. Sorghum mature was 9%, ahead of 3 last year and 5 avg.

Dry Beans condition rated 2% very poor, 15 poor, 21 fair, 51 good, and 11 exc, below 75% good to exc last year and 68 avg. Dry beans turning color was 83%, behind 97% last year and 8 avg. Dry beans dropping leaves were 59%, near last year’s 61 but ahead of 48 avg. Dry beans harvested was 10%, behind 25 last year & 15 avg.

Alfalfa rated 0% very poor, 4 poor, 18 fair, 65 good, and 13 exc, below 80% good to exc last year but well above 64 avg. Third cutting of alfalfa was at 95%, near 96 last year and avg. The fourth cutting of alfalfa was at 33%, behind 41 last year but ahead of 30 avg.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 6 poor, 23 fair, 61 good, and 9 exc, below last year’s 77% good to exc but above 56 avg.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature -89 max, 42 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine and Ainsworth

Temperature – 89 max, 42 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 89 max, 38 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes McCook and North Platte

Temperature – 91 max, 38 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 65% adequate, 1% surplus. Subsoil: 72% adequate, 1% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.02 – 135% of normal.

NC: .0.00- 132% of normal.

CEN: 0.00 – 126% of normal.

SW: 0.00 – 121% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 95% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 33% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 90% Corn dent, 9% Corn mature, 83% Dry beans turning color, 59% Dry beans dropping leaves, 10% Dry beans harvested, 14% Proso millet harvest, 79% Sorghum turning color, 9% Sorghum mature, 39% Soybeans turning color, 3% Soybeans dropping leaves, 23% Winter wheat seeded.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending September 11, 2011

Crops were turning fall colors during a mostly dry week with below normal temperatures. Producers were beginning to pick up pipe as irrigation was ending. Corn silage, high moisture corn, and seed corn harvests picked up momentum. Dry bean and proso millet harvests are underway in the west. Almost a quarter of the winter wheat crop was seeded. Flooded land that neighbored rivers has begun to reappear.

Temperatures for the week averaged 3 degrees below normal. Highs were mainly in the mid to upper 80’s. Lows were recorded in the 40’s but dipped into the upper 30’s in isolated locations. Only small amounts of rain were recorded in the extreme southwest and western Panhandle counties. The majority of the state received no precipitation.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 17 fair, 57 good, and 19 exc, below 83% good to exc last year but near 74 avg. Irrigated corn conditions rated 81% good to exc and dryland corn rated 70. Corn in dent or beyond was 90%, near 91 last year and 87 avg. Corn mature was 9%, well behind 23 last year and 20 avg. Corn harvest was at 1% with seed corn and high moisture fields being taken.

Soybean condition rated 1% very poor, 3 poor, 14 fair, 59 good, and 23 exc, near 80% good to exc last year but above 73 avg. Soybeans turning color was 39%, well behind 63 last year and 59 avg. Soybeans dropping leaves was 3%, behind 18 last year and 13 avg.

Winter Wheat seeded was 23%, equal to last year & near 20 avg.

Proso Millet harvest was 14%, behind 28 last year and 18 avg.

Sorghum conditions rated 0% very poor, 8 poor, 15 fair, 63 good, and 14 exc, near last year’s good to exc rating of 79% but above 72 avg. Sorghum turning color was 79%, behind 90 last year but ahead of 73 avg. Sorghum mature was 9%, ahead of 3 last year and 5 avg.

Dry Beans condition rated 2% very poor, 15 poor, 21 fair, 51 good, and 11 exc, below 75% good to exc last year and 68 avg. Dry beans turning color was 83%, behind 97% last year and 8 avg. Dry beans dropping leaves were 59%, near last year’s 61 but ahead of 48 avg. Dry beans harvested was 10%, behind 25 last year & 15 avg.

Alfalfa rated 0% very poor, 4 poor, 18 fair, 65 good, and 13 exc, below 80% good to exc last year but well above 64 avg. Third cutting of alfalfa was at 95%, near 96 last year and avg. The fourth cutting of alfalfa was at 33%, behind 41 last year but ahead of 30 avg.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 6 poor, 23 fair, 61 good, and 9 exc, below last year’s 77% good to exc but above 56 avg.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature -89 max, 42 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine and Ainsworth

Temperature – 89 max, 42 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 89 max, 38 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes McCook and North Platte

Temperature – 91 max, 38 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 65% adequate, 1% surplus. Subsoil: 72% adequate, 1% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.02 – 135% of normal.

NC: .0.00- 132% of normal.

CEN: 0.00 – 126% of normal.

SW: 0.00 – 121% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 95% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 33% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 90% Corn dent, 9% Corn mature, 83% Dry beans turning color, 59% Dry beans dropping leaves, 10% Dry beans harvested, 14% Proso millet harvest, 79% Sorghum turning color, 9% Sorghum mature, 39% Soybeans turning color, 3% Soybeans dropping leaves, 23% Winter wheat seeded.