USDA-NASS: Just 17% of Corn and 33% of Beans Harvested October 16, 2017
Wet fields continued to slow harvest across much of the state, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Temperatures averaged near normal across eastern Nebraska, but four to eight degrees below normal in the west the week ending October 15.
Precipitation of less than an inch was scattered across most of the state; however, a few southeastern counties received over an inch of rain.
Corn condition rated 4% very poor, 9% poor, 23% fair, 46% good, and 18% excellent. Corn mature was 92%, near 95% last year and 93% for the five-year average. Harvested was 17%, behind 32% last year, and well behind 39% average. Harvest in almost all major corn-producing states was behind last year and the five-year average.
Soybean condition rated 4% very poor, 9% poor, 26% fair, 49% good, and 12% excellent. Soybeans harvested was 33%, well behind 59% last year and 67% average. Soybean harvest in several major production states also lagged.
Winter wheat planted was 86%, behind 98% last year and 95% average. Emerged was 66%, well behind 88% last year, and behind 72% average.
Sorghum condition rated 3% very poor, 2% poor, 20% fair, 53% good, and 22% excellent. Sorghum mature was 92%, behind 98% last year, but equal to average. Harvested was 22%, well behind 49% last year, and behind 34% average.
Alfalfa fourth cutting was 92% complete, ahead of 86% last year. Dry edible beans harvested was 75%, behind 94% last year and 89% average.
Proso millet harvested was 73%, behind 92% last year.
Pasture and range conditions rated 3% very poor, 13% poor, 45% fair, 35% good, and 4% excellent.