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Plains Edition USDA Information for 9-3-11

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending August 28, 2011

Crop maturity progressed as temps climbed back above normal. Most parts of the state received little precipitation; however, storms brought hail to East Central locations. Irrigation was beginning to wind down on corn with most of the crop now dented. Winter Wheat seeding and Proso Millet harvest was just underway. Grasshopper numbers are still a concern in portions of the west.

Temps for the week averaged 4 degrees above normal in the east to 8 degrees above normal in the west. Highs were mainly in the 90’s but did reach triple digits in the Southwest District. Lows were recorded in the 50’s. Northeast and East Central District border counties received the majority of the precipitation in the state where the highest levels of accumulation were over 3 inches in a few locations. Most of the west and south was dry.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 16 fair, 57 good, and 20 exc, below 81 good to exc last year but above 73 avg. Irrigated corn conditions rated 81% good to exc and dryland corn rated 70. Corn in dough stage was 93%, behind 98 last year but near 92 avg. Corn in the dent stage was 51%, behind 67 last year and 61 avg with first fields of corn considered mature.

Soybean condition rated 1% very poor, 2 poor, 15 fair, 58 good, and 24 exc, above 76% good to exc last year and 70 avg. Soybean acreage setting pods were at 97%, equal to last year and avg. Soybeans turning color was 2%, behind 6 last year and 8 avg.

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The first fields of Winter Wheat were seeded on pace with last year and avg. Proso Millet harvest was underway at 2%, near 3 last year and 2 avg.

Sorghum conditions rated 0% very poor, 7 poor, 13 fair, 65 good, and 15 exc, near last year’s good to exc rating of 78%, but above 72 avg. Sorghum headed was 98%, behind 99 last year but above 96 avg. Sorghum turning color was 40%, ahead of 36 last year and 33 avg.

Dry Beans condition rated 3% very poor, 16 poor, 17 fair, 56 good, and 8 exc, below 76% good to exc last year and 68 avg. Dry beans setting pods were 98%, behind 100 last year but near 97 avg. Dry beans turning color was 24%, behind 48% last year and 34 avg. Dry beans dropping leaves were 8%, equal to last year and near 7 avg.

Alfalfa rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 21 fair, 64 good, and 12 exc, below 80% good to exc last year but well above 60 avg. Third cutting of alfalfa was at 76%, behind 89 last year and 83 avg. The fourth cutting of alfalfa was at 10%, equal to last year and ahead of 6 avg.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 6 poor, 22 fair, 62 good, and 9 exc, below last year’s 84% good to exc but above 55 avg.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 98 max, 51 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 97 max, 54 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 99 max, 53 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 104 max, 55 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 47% adequate, 0% surplus. Subsoil: 61% adequate, 0% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.02 – 136% of normal.

NC: .0.36 – 139% of normal.

CEN: 0.19 – 131% of normal.

SW: 0.01 – 136% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 76% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 10% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 93% Corn dough, 51% Corn dent, 1% Corn mature, 98% Dry beans setting pods, 24% Dry beans tuning color, 8% Dry beans dropping leaves, 2% Proso millet harvested, 98% Sorghum headed, 40% Sorghum turning color, 97% Soybeans setting pods, 2% Soybeans turning color, 2% Winter wheat seeded.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending August 28, 2011

Crop maturity progressed as temps climbed back above normal. Most parts of the state received little precipitation; however, storms brought hail to East Central locations. Irrigation was beginning to wind down on corn with most of the crop now dented. Winter Wheat seeding and Proso Millet harvest was just underway. Grasshopper numbers are still a concern in portions of the west.

Temps for the week averaged 4 degrees above normal in the east to 8 degrees above normal in the west. Highs were mainly in the 90’s but did reach triple digits in the Southwest District. Lows were recorded in the 50’s. Northeast and East Central District border counties received the majority of the precipitation in the state where the highest levels of accumulation were over 3 inches in a few locations. Most of the west and south was dry.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 16 fair, 57 good, and 20 exc, below 81 good to exc last year but above 73 avg. Irrigated corn conditions rated 81% good to exc and dryland corn rated 70. Corn in dough stage was 93%, behind 98 last year but near 92 avg. Corn in the dent stage was 51%, behind 67 last year and 61 avg with first fields of corn considered mature.

Soybean condition rated 1% very poor, 2 poor, 15 fair, 58 good, and 24 exc, above 76% good to exc last year and 70 avg. Soybean acreage setting pods were at 97%, equal to last year and avg. Soybeans turning color was 2%, behind 6 last year and 8 avg.

The first fields of Winter Wheat were seeded on pace with last year and avg. Proso Millet harvest was underway at 2%, near 3 last year and 2 avg.

Sorghum conditions rated 0% very poor, 7 poor, 13 fair, 65 good, and 15 exc, near last year’s good to exc rating of 78%, but above 72 avg. Sorghum headed was 98%, behind 99 last year but above 96 avg. Sorghum turning color was 40%, ahead of 36 last year and 33 avg.

Dry Beans condition rated 3% very poor, 16 poor, 17 fair, 56 good, and 8 exc, below 76% good to exc last year and 68 avg. Dry beans setting pods were 98%, behind 100 last year but near 97 avg. Dry beans turning color was 24%, behind 48% last year and 34 avg. Dry beans dropping leaves were 8%, equal to last year and near 7 avg.

Alfalfa rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 21 fair, 64 good, and 12 exc, below 80% good to exc last year but well above 60 avg. Third cutting of alfalfa was at 76%, behind 89 last year and 83 avg. The fourth cutting of alfalfa was at 10%, equal to last year and ahead of 6 avg.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 6 poor, 22 fair, 62 good, and 9 exc, below last year’s 84% good to exc but above 55 avg.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 98 max, 51 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 97 max, 54 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 99 max, 53 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 104 max, 55 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 47% adequate, 0% surplus. Subsoil: 61% adequate, 0% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.02 – 136% of normal.

NC: .0.36 – 139% of normal.

CEN: 0.19 – 131% of normal.

SW: 0.01 – 136% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 76% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 10% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 93% Corn dough, 51% Corn dent, 1% Corn mature, 98% Dry beans setting pods, 24% Dry beans tuning color, 8% Dry beans dropping leaves, 2% Proso millet harvested, 98% Sorghum headed, 40% Sorghum turning color, 97% Soybeans setting pods, 2% Soybeans turning color, 2% Winter wheat seeded.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending August 28, 2011

Crop maturity progressed as temps climbed back above normal. Most parts of the state received little precipitation; however, storms brought hail to East Central locations. Irrigation was beginning to wind down on corn with most of the crop now dented. Winter Wheat seeding and Proso Millet harvest was just underway. Grasshopper numbers are still a concern in portions of the west.

Temps for the week averaged 4 degrees above normal in the east to 8 degrees above normal in the west. Highs were mainly in the 90’s but did reach triple digits in the Southwest District. Lows were recorded in the 50’s. Northeast and East Central District border counties received the majority of the precipitation in the state where the highest levels of accumulation were over 3 inches in a few locations. Most of the west and south was dry.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 2% very poor, 5 poor, 16 fair, 57 good, and 20 exc, below 81 good to exc last year but above 73 avg. Irrigated corn conditions rated 81% good to exc and dryland corn rated 70. Corn in dough stage was 93%, behind 98 last year but near 92 avg. Corn in the dent stage was 51%, behind 67 last year and 61 avg with first fields of corn considered mature.

Soybean condition rated 1% very poor, 2 poor, 15 fair, 58 good, and 24 exc, above 76% good to exc last year and 70 avg. Soybean acreage setting pods were at 97%, equal to last year and avg. Soybeans turning color was 2%, behind 6 last year and 8 avg.

The first fields of Winter Wheat were seeded on pace with last year and avg. Proso Millet harvest was underway at 2%, near 3 last year and 2 avg.

Sorghum conditions rated 0% very poor, 7 poor, 13 fair, 65 good, and 15 exc, near last year’s good to exc rating of 78%, but above 72 avg. Sorghum headed was 98%, behind 99 last year but above 96 avg. Sorghum turning color was 40%, ahead of 36 last year and 33 avg.

Dry Beans condition rated 3% very poor, 16 poor, 17 fair, 56 good, and 8 exc, below 76% good to exc last year and 68 avg. Dry beans setting pods were 98%, behind 100 last year but near 97 avg. Dry beans turning color was 24%, behind 48% last year and 34 avg. Dry beans dropping leaves were 8%, equal to last year and near 7 avg.

Alfalfa rated 0% very poor, 3 poor, 21 fair, 64 good, and 12 exc, below 80% good to exc last year but well above 60 avg. Third cutting of alfalfa was at 76%, behind 89 last year and 83 avg. The fourth cutting of alfalfa was at 10%, equal to last year and ahead of 6 avg.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 6 poor, 22 fair, 62 good, and 9 exc, below last year’s 84% good to exc but above 55 avg.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 98 max, 51 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 97 max, 54 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 99 max, 53 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 104 max, 55 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 47% adequate, 0% surplus. Subsoil: 61% adequate, 0% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.02 – 136% of normal.

NC: .0.36 – 139% of normal.

CEN: 0.19 – 131% of normal.

SW: 0.01 – 136% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 76% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 10% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 93% Corn dough, 51% Corn dent, 1% Corn mature, 98% Dry beans setting pods, 24% Dry beans tuning color, 8% Dry beans dropping leaves, 2% Proso millet harvested, 98% Sorghum headed, 40% Sorghum turning color, 97% Soybeans setting pods, 2% Soybeans turning color, 2% Winter wheat seeded.