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Plains Edition USDA Information for 9-25-10

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending September 19, 2010

Rain and cool temperatures slowed dry down of grain and limited field access. The first fields of soybeans and sorghum were harvested with corn harvest gaining momentum in the eastern half of the State. Winter wheat seeding progressed to the half way mark; however, emergence was behind last year and avg. Wind and hail caused damage to crops and property in scattered areas of the state. Cattle were being vaccinated and calf crops were taken to market. Pastures remained in great condition for this late in the year.

Rainfall totals increased from west to east across the state. The Panhandle averaged less than .1 inch of precipitation, followed by about .5 inch in the central third, to around 1 inch in the eastern third. Temps averaged 1 to 3 degrees below normal in the northern half of the state while the southern half averaged 1 degree above normal. Highs were recorded in the low 90’s and lows in the upper 30’s.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 1% very poor, 4 poor, 12 fair, 57 good, and 26 exc, above a year ago. Irrigated fields were 85% good or exc and dryland fields rated 79. Corn reaching the dent stage was 98%, ahead of 90% last year and 95 avg. Mature was at 48%, ahead of 14% last year and 37 avg. Corn harvest was 5% complete, ahead of 3 avg.

Soybean conditions rated 2% very poor, 3 poor, 16 fair, 55 good, and 24 exc, near last year. Soybean acreage turning color was 86%, equal to last year and avg. Acreage dropping leaves was 44%, ahead of 36 last year and equal to avg. The first fields of soybeans were harvested.

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Sorghum conditions rated 3% poor, 21 fair, 57 good, and 19 exc, above last year. Sorghum acreage turning color was 94%, well ahead of last year’s 71 and 88 avg. Sorghum mature was 16%, ahead of last year’s 4 but behind 20 avg. The first fields of sorghum were harvested.

Winter wheat seeding was 51% complete, near 52 last year but ahead of 45 avg. Winter wheat emerged was 7%, behind last year’s 20 and 13 avg.

Dry beans conditions rated 5% poor, 22 fair, 68 good, and 5 exc, above last year. Dry bean acreage dropping leaves was 75%, ahead of last year’s 68 and 67 average. Dry beans harvested was 53%, ahead of 42 last year and 30 average.

Proso millet harvest was at 54%, well ahead of 27 last year and 36 avg.

Alfalfa rated 2% very poor, 4 poor, 16 fair, 61 good, and 17 exc. The fourth cutting of alfalfa progressed to 64%, ahead of 56 last year and 52 avg.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 2% poor, 14 fair, 72 good, and 12 exc, above year ago levels.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 92 max, 36 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 87 max, 38 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 86 max, 42 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 91 max, 29 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 59% adequate, 1% surplus. Subsoil: 73% adequate, 0% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.03 – 109% of normal.

NC: .0.15 – 132% of normal.

CEN: 0.40 – 128% of normal.

SW: 0.23 – 120% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 64% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 98% Corn dent, 48% Corn mature, 5% Corn harvested, 75% Dry beans dropping leaves, 53% Dry beans harvested, 54% Proso millet harvested, 94% Sorghum turning color, 16% Sorghum mature, 1% Sorghum headed, 86% Soybeans turning color, 44% Soybeans dropping leaves, 1% Soybeans harvested, 51% Winter wheat seeded, 7% Winter wheat emerged.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending September 19, 2010

Rain and cool temperatures slowed dry down of grain and limited field access. The first fields of soybeans and sorghum were harvested with corn harvest gaining momentum in the eastern half of the State. Winter wheat seeding progressed to the half way mark; however, emergence was behind last year and avg. Wind and hail caused damage to crops and property in scattered areas of the state. Cattle were being vaccinated and calf crops were taken to market. Pastures remained in great condition for this late in the year.

Rainfall totals increased from west to east across the state. The Panhandle averaged less than .1 inch of precipitation, followed by about .5 inch in the central third, to around 1 inch in the eastern third. Temps averaged 1 to 3 degrees below normal in the northern half of the state while the southern half averaged 1 degree above normal. Highs were recorded in the low 90’s and lows in the upper 30’s.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 1% very poor, 4 poor, 12 fair, 57 good, and 26 exc, above a year ago. Irrigated fields were 85% good or exc and dryland fields rated 79. Corn reaching the dent stage was 98%, ahead of 90% last year and 95 avg. Mature was at 48%, ahead of 14% last year and 37 avg. Corn harvest was 5% complete, ahead of 3 avg.

Soybean conditions rated 2% very poor, 3 poor, 16 fair, 55 good, and 24 exc, near last year. Soybean acreage turning color was 86%, equal to last year and avg. Acreage dropping leaves was 44%, ahead of 36 last year and equal to avg. The first fields of soybeans were harvested.

Sorghum conditions rated 3% poor, 21 fair, 57 good, and 19 exc, above last year. Sorghum acreage turning color was 94%, well ahead of last year’s 71 and 88 avg. Sorghum mature was 16%, ahead of last year’s 4 but behind 20 avg. The first fields of sorghum were harvested.

Winter wheat seeding was 51% complete, near 52 last year but ahead of 45 avg. Winter wheat emerged was 7%, behind last year’s 20 and 13 avg.

Dry beans conditions rated 5% poor, 22 fair, 68 good, and 5 exc, above last year. Dry bean acreage dropping leaves was 75%, ahead of last year’s 68 and 67 average. Dry beans harvested was 53%, ahead of 42 last year and 30 average.

Proso millet harvest was at 54%, well ahead of 27 last year and 36 avg.

Alfalfa rated 2% very poor, 4 poor, 16 fair, 61 good, and 17 exc. The fourth cutting of alfalfa progressed to 64%, ahead of 56 last year and 52 avg.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 2% poor, 14 fair, 72 good, and 12 exc, above year ago levels.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 92 max, 36 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 87 max, 38 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 86 max, 42 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 91 max, 29 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 59% adequate, 1% surplus. Subsoil: 73% adequate, 0% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.03 – 109% of normal.

NC: .0.15 – 132% of normal.

CEN: 0.40 – 128% of normal.

SW: 0.23 – 120% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 64% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 98% Corn dent, 48% Corn mature, 5% Corn harvested, 75% Dry beans dropping leaves, 53% Dry beans harvested, 54% Proso millet harvested, 94% Sorghum turning color, 16% Sorghum mature, 1% Sorghum headed, 86% Soybeans turning color, 44% Soybeans dropping leaves, 1% Soybeans harvested, 51% Winter wheat seeded, 7% Winter wheat emerged.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending September 19, 2010

Rain and cool temperatures slowed dry down of grain and limited field access. The first fields of soybeans and sorghum were harvested with corn harvest gaining momentum in the eastern half of the State. Winter wheat seeding progressed to the half way mark; however, emergence was behind last year and avg. Wind and hail caused damage to crops and property in scattered areas of the state. Cattle were being vaccinated and calf crops were taken to market. Pastures remained in great condition for this late in the year.

Rainfall totals increased from west to east across the state. The Panhandle averaged less than .1 inch of precipitation, followed by about .5 inch in the central third, to around 1 inch in the eastern third. Temps averaged 1 to 3 degrees below normal in the northern half of the state while the southern half averaged 1 degree above normal. Highs were recorded in the low 90’s and lows in the upper 30’s.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 1% very poor, 4 poor, 12 fair, 57 good, and 26 exc, above a year ago. Irrigated fields were 85% good or exc and dryland fields rated 79. Corn reaching the dent stage was 98%, ahead of 90% last year and 95 avg. Mature was at 48%, ahead of 14% last year and 37 avg. Corn harvest was 5% complete, ahead of 3 avg.

Soybean conditions rated 2% very poor, 3 poor, 16 fair, 55 good, and 24 exc, near last year. Soybean acreage turning color was 86%, equal to last year and avg. Acreage dropping leaves was 44%, ahead of 36 last year and equal to avg. The first fields of soybeans were harvested.

Sorghum conditions rated 3% poor, 21 fair, 57 good, and 19 exc, above last year. Sorghum acreage turning color was 94%, well ahead of last year’s 71 and 88 avg. Sorghum mature was 16%, ahead of last year’s 4 but behind 20 avg. The first fields of sorghum were harvested.

Winter wheat seeding was 51% complete, near 52 last year but ahead of 45 avg. Winter wheat emerged was 7%, behind last year’s 20 and 13 avg.

Dry beans conditions rated 5% poor, 22 fair, 68 good, and 5 exc, above last year. Dry bean acreage dropping leaves was 75%, ahead of last year’s 68 and 67 average. Dry beans harvested was 53%, ahead of 42 last year and 30 average.

Proso millet harvest was at 54%, well ahead of 27 last year and 36 avg.

Alfalfa rated 2% very poor, 4 poor, 16 fair, 61 good, and 17 exc. The fourth cutting of alfalfa progressed to 64%, ahead of 56 last year and 52 avg.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 2% poor, 14 fair, 72 good, and 12 exc, above year ago levels.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 92 max, 36 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 87 max, 38 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 86 max, 42 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 91 max, 29 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 59% adequate, 1% surplus. Subsoil: 73% adequate, 0% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.03 – 109% of normal.

NC: .0.15 – 132% of normal.

CEN: 0.40 – 128% of normal.

SW: 0.23 – 120% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 64% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 98% Corn dent, 48% Corn mature, 5% Corn harvested, 75% Dry beans dropping leaves, 53% Dry beans harvested, 54% Proso millet harvested, 94% Sorghum turning color, 16% Sorghum mature, 1% Sorghum headed, 86% Soybeans turning color, 44% Soybeans dropping leaves, 1% Soybeans harvested, 51% Winter wheat seeded, 7% Winter wheat emerged.