Nebraska Weather and Crops
Agricultural Summary: For the week ending June 17, 2012, above normal temperatures coupled with little or no precipitation across northern and western areas continued to stress crops and pastures, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. However, rain across the southeastern quarter of the state brought some relief to that area. Wheat harvest continues in southeastern counties and has spread westward across the southern tier of counties. Irrigation was active. Crop development is ahead of normal, requiring more water to be applied at this time of year. Alfalfa and pastures were showing little growth in many areas.
Weather Summary: Temperatures averaged 2 degrees below normal in the Northeast and East Central Districts while other areas averaged 2 degrees above normal. Highs reached triple digits in portions of the west and mainly 90’s elsewhere. Lows were in the mid to upper 40’s. Significant amounts of rain fell in the South Central, East Central, and Southeast Districts with many areas receiving 1-3 inches. Little to no precipitation was recorded across the remaining areas of the state.
Field Crops Report: Corn conditions rated 7 percent poor, 31 fair, 55 good, and 7 excellent, below last year’s 75 percent good to excellent and 78 average.
Soybeans blooming were 4 percent. Soybean conditions rated 8 percent poor, 31 fair, 55 good, and 6 excellent, below last year’s 77 percent good to excellent and 78 average.
Sorghum emerged was 92 percent, ahead of 78 last year and 74 average. Sorghum conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 34 fair, 59 good, and 1 excellent, below last year’s 81 percent good to excellent and 74 average.
Oats headed was 87 percent, well ahead of 58 last year and 16 days ahead of 62 average. Oats conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 32 fair, 58 good, and 4 excellent, below 87 percent good to excellent last year and 85 average.
Wheat turning color reached 93 percent, well ahead of 23 last year and 18 days ahead of 32 average. Wheat ripe was 38 percent, compared to 0 last year and average. Wheat harvested was 11 percent, compared to 0 last year and average. Wheat conditions rated 4 percent very poor, 16 poor, 42 fair, 36 good, and 2 excellent, well below 58 percent good to excellent last year and 65 average.
Dry beans planted were 91 percent complete, ahead of 81 last year and 82 average. Dry beans emerged were 61 percent, also ahead of 32 last year and 47 average.
Proso millet planting was 91 percent complete, ahead of 52 last year and two weeks ahead of 43 average.
The first cutting of alfalfa was 96 percent complete, well ahead of 76 last year and 14 days ahead of 71 average. The second cutting of alfalfa was 36 percent complete with re-growth slow in most areas. Alfalfa rated 4 percent very poor, 16 poor, 41 fair, 36 good, and 3 excellent, well below 82 percent good to excellent last year and 74 average.
Wild hay harvest was 29 percent complete. Wild hay conditions rated 3 percent very poor, 13 poor, 28 fair, 56 good, and 0 excellent, below last year’s 75 percent good to excellent.
Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 7 percent very poor, 23 poor, 39 fair, 31 good, and 0 excellent, well below 82 percent good to excellent last year and 80 average. Panhandle conditions rated very poor to poor in most reporting counties. Culling has begun in some areas due to poor pastures.
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