USDA-NASS: Progress Toward Crop Maturity Near Normal

USDA-NASS: Progress Toward Crop Maturity Near Normal

For the week ending September 3, temperatures averaged two to six degrees above normal across western Nebraska, but two to six degrees below normal in the east, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Precipitation was scattered and limited with rainfall of less than half an inch received in some northcentral and Panhandle counties.

Topsoil moisture supplies rated 9% very short, 27% short, 63% adequate, and 1% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 10% very short, 30% short, 59% adequate, and 1% surplus.

Field Crops

Corn condition rated 4% very poor, 9% poor, 24% fair, 45% good, and 18% excellent. Corn dough was 97%, equal to last year, and near 96% for the five-year average. Dented was 68%, behind 74% last year, and near 72% average. Mature was 10% percent, near 8% last year and 13% average.

Soybean condition rated 3% very poor, 7% poor, 26% fair, 51% good, and 13% excellent. Soybeans dropping leaves was 8%, behind 15% last year, and near the 11% average.

Winter wheat planted was 1%, near 4% last year and 3% average.

Sorghum condition rated 1 % very poor, 2% poor, 37% fair, 49% good, and 11% excellent. Sorghum coloring was 65%, well behind 87% last year, but ahead of the average of 59%. Six percent was mature, behind 11% last year, but near the average of 3%.

Chart of Nebraska Corn Crop Progress as of August 27, 2017
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Alfalfa condition rated 4% very poor, 9% poor, 32% fair, 42% good, and 13% excellent. Alfalfa third cutting was 96% complete, equal to last year, and near the average of 94%. Fourth cutting was 38%, near 40% last year, but ahead of the average of 32%.

Dry edible bean condition rated 6% very poor, 16% poor, 19% fair, 42% good, and 17% excellent. Dry edible beans setting pods was 98%, near 96% last year. Dropping leaves was 21%, well behind 46% last year and the average of 45%.

Pasture and range conditions rated 5% very poor, 20% poor, 44% fair, 27% good, and 4% excellent.

View the national USDA-NASS Crop Report to see how the rest of the Corn Belt is faring.