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Plains Edition USDA Information for 9-4-10

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending August 29, 2010

Rain fell early in the week across the eastern half of the State while western counties remained hot and dry. Silage cutting was underway as crop maturities continued ahead of last year. Wheat seeding began in a few Panhandle areas but was slow to advance due to grasshopper concerns. Proso millet was turning color and being swathed in the west.

For the fifth week in a row, temperatures averaged above normal with highs reaching 100 in the west to lows in the mid 40’s. The heaviest amounts of rain fell in portions of South Central and Southeastern Districts. The southeastern third of the state averaged over one inch of precipitation for the week while the western half of the State was dry.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 14 fair, 57 good, and 24 excellent, above a year ago. Irrigated fields were 84 percent good or excellent and dryland fields rated 77. Corn in the dough stage was 95 percent, ahead of 87 last year and 93 average. Corn reaching the dent stage was 70 percent, well ahead of 50 percent last year and 64 average with the first fields of corn considered mature.

Soybean conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 19 fair, 55 good, and 21 excellent, near last year. Soybean acreage turning color was 6 percent, behind 11 last year and 12 average with the first fields dropping leaves.

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Sorghum conditions rated 2 percent poor, 20 fair, 61 good, and 17 excellent, above last year. Sorghum turning color was 39 percent, ahead of last year’s 15 but near 38 average.

Winter wheat seeding was underway but slow at 1 percent complete, behind 2 last year and average. The potential for grasshopper damage was limiting seeding advancement in the west.

Dry beans conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 20 fair, 66 good, and 10 excellent. Dry beans turning color jumped to 55 percent, ahead of 14 last year and 34 average. Dry beans dropping leaves were 9 percent, ahead of last year’s 1 but equal to average.

Proso millet harvest was at 4 percent, ahead of 1 last year and 2 average.

Alfalfa rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 16 fair, 63 good, and 17 excellent. The third cutting of alfalfa was nearing completion at 90 percent, ahead of 78 last year and 85 average. The fourth cutting of alfalfa progressed to 11 percent, ahead of 8 last year and 7 average.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 13 fair, 71 good, and 13 excellent, well above year ago.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 100 max, 44 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 95 max, 47 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 90 max, 46 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 99 max, 43 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 63% adequate, 2% surplus. Subsoil: 80% adequate, 1% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.00 – 117% of normal.

NC: .0.00 – 138% of normal.

CEN: 0.30 – 138% of normal.

SW: 0.00 – 128% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 90% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 11% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 98% Corn dough, 70% Corn dent, 2% Corn mature, 55% Dry beans turning color, 9% Dry beans dropping leaves, 4% Proso millet harvested, 39% Sorghum turning color, 6% Soybeans turning color, 1% Soybeans dropping leaves, 1% Winter wheat seeded.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending August 29, 2010

Rain fell early in the week across the eastern half of the State while western counties remained hot and dry. Silage cutting was underway as crop maturities continued ahead of last year. Wheat seeding began in a few Panhandle areas but was slow to advance due to grasshopper concerns. Proso millet was turning color and being swathed in the west.

For the fifth week in a row, temperatures averaged above normal with highs reaching 100 in the west to lows in the mid 40’s. The heaviest amounts of rain fell in portions of South Central and Southeastern Districts. The southeastern third of the state averaged over one inch of precipitation for the week while the western half of the State was dry.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 14 fair, 57 good, and 24 excellent, above a year ago. Irrigated fields were 84 percent good or excellent and dryland fields rated 77. Corn in the dough stage was 95 percent, ahead of 87 last year and 93 average. Corn reaching the dent stage was 70 percent, well ahead of 50 percent last year and 64 average with the first fields of corn considered mature.

Soybean conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 19 fair, 55 good, and 21 excellent, near last year. Soybean acreage turning color was 6 percent, behind 11 last year and 12 average with the first fields dropping leaves.

Sorghum conditions rated 2 percent poor, 20 fair, 61 good, and 17 excellent, above last year. Sorghum turning color was 39 percent, ahead of last year’s 15 but near 38 average.

Winter wheat seeding was underway but slow at 1 percent complete, behind 2 last year and average. The potential for grasshopper damage was limiting seeding advancement in the west.

Dry beans conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 20 fair, 66 good, and 10 excellent. Dry beans turning color jumped to 55 percent, ahead of 14 last year and 34 average. Dry beans dropping leaves were 9 percent, ahead of last year’s 1 but equal to average.

Proso millet harvest was at 4 percent, ahead of 1 last year and 2 average.

Alfalfa rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 16 fair, 63 good, and 17 excellent. The third cutting of alfalfa was nearing completion at 90 percent, ahead of 78 last year and 85 average. The fourth cutting of alfalfa progressed to 11 percent, ahead of 8 last year and 7 average.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 13 fair, 71 good, and 13 excellent, well above year ago.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 100 max, 44 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 95 max, 47 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 90 max, 46 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 99 max, 43 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 63% adequate, 2% surplus. Subsoil: 80% adequate, 1% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.00 – 117% of normal.

NC: .0.00 – 138% of normal.

CEN: 0.30 – 138% of normal.

SW: 0.00 – 128% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 90% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 11% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 98% Corn dough, 70% Corn dent, 2% Corn mature, 55% Dry beans turning color, 9% Dry beans dropping leaves, 4% Proso millet harvested, 39% Sorghum turning color, 6% Soybeans turning color, 1% Soybeans dropping leaves, 1% Winter wheat seeded.

NEBRASKA CROPS/WEATHER SUMMARY

Week Ending August 29, 2010

Rain fell early in the week across the eastern half of the State while western counties remained hot and dry. Silage cutting was underway as crop maturities continued ahead of last year. Wheat seeding began in a few Panhandle areas but was slow to advance due to grasshopper concerns. Proso millet was turning color and being swathed in the west.

For the fifth week in a row, temperatures averaged above normal with highs reaching 100 in the west to lows in the mid 40’s. The heaviest amounts of rain fell in portions of South Central and Southeastern Districts. The southeastern third of the state averaged over one inch of precipitation for the week while the western half of the State was dry.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 14 fair, 57 good, and 24 excellent, above a year ago. Irrigated fields were 84 percent good or excellent and dryland fields rated 77. Corn in the dough stage was 95 percent, ahead of 87 last year and 93 average. Corn reaching the dent stage was 70 percent, well ahead of 50 percent last year and 64 average with the first fields of corn considered mature.

Soybean conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 19 fair, 55 good, and 21 excellent, near last year. Soybean acreage turning color was 6 percent, behind 11 last year and 12 average with the first fields dropping leaves.

Sorghum conditions rated 2 percent poor, 20 fair, 61 good, and 17 excellent, above last year. Sorghum turning color was 39 percent, ahead of last year’s 15 but near 38 average.

Winter wheat seeding was underway but slow at 1 percent complete, behind 2 last year and average. The potential for grasshopper damage was limiting seeding advancement in the west.

Dry beans conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 20 fair, 66 good, and 10 excellent. Dry beans turning color jumped to 55 percent, ahead of 14 last year and 34 average. Dry beans dropping leaves were 9 percent, ahead of last year’s 1 but equal to average.

Proso millet harvest was at 4 percent, ahead of 1 last year and 2 average.

Alfalfa rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 16 fair, 63 good, and 17 excellent. The third cutting of alfalfa was nearing completion at 90 percent, ahead of 78 last year and 85 average. The fourth cutting of alfalfa progressed to 11 percent, ahead of 8 last year and 7 average.

Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 13 fair, 71 good, and 13 excellent, well above year ago.

Temperature DatA by region

Northwest (NW) which includes Chadron, Scottsbluff and Sidney

Temperature – 100 max, 44 min.

North Central (NC) which includes Valentine

Temperature – 95 max, 47 min.

Central (Cen) which includes Grand Island and Ord

Temperature – 90 max, 46 min.

Southwest (SW) which includes Imperial and North Platte

Temperature – 99 max, 43 min.

Topsoil and subsoil moisture

State Report: Topsoil: 63% adequate, 2% surplus. Subsoil: 80% adequate, 1% surplus.

precipitation in inches

NW: 0.00 – 117% of normal.

NC: .0.00 – 138% of normal.

CEN: 0.30 – 138% of normal.

SW: 0.00 – 128% of normal.

FIELD WORK PROGRESS

State Report: 90% Alfalfa 3rd cutting, 11% Alfalfa 4th cutting, 98% Corn dough, 70% Corn dent, 2% Corn mature, 55% Dry beans turning color, 9% Dry beans dropping leaves, 4% Proso millet harvested, 39% Sorghum turning color, 6% Soybeans turning color, 1% Soybeans dropping leaves, 1% Winter wheat seeded.