Nebraska Corn and Soybean Planting Ahead of Averages

Nebraska Corn and Soybean Planting Ahead of Averages

As of Sunday, May 10, Nebraska Corn planted was 79%, well ahead of 43% last year, and ahead of 60% for the five-year average, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Emerged was 30%, well ahead of 7% last year, and ahead of 18% average.

Soybeans planted was 54%, well ahead of 18% last year and 23% average. Emerged was 6%, ahead of 1% both last year and average.

Winter wheat condition rated 2% very poor, 9% poor, 22% fair, 59% good, and 8% excellent. Winter wheat headed was 1%, near 2% last year, and behind 8% average. Based on May 1 conditions, Nebraska's 2020 winter wheat crop is forecast at 41.8 million bushels, down 24% from last year's crop. Average yield is forecast at 48 bushels per acre, down 9 bushels from last year. Acreage to be harvested for grain is estimated at 870,000 acres, down 100,000 acres from last year. This would be 95% of the planted acres, above last year's 91% harvested.

Sorghum planted was 15%, ahead of 6% last year, and near 11% average.

Oats condition rated 1% very poor, 5% poor, 30% fair, 57% good, and 7% excellent. Oats planted was 91%, ahead of 80% last year, and near 90% average. Emerged was 70%, well ahead of 44% last year, but near 72% average.

Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 3% poor, 19% fair, 72% good, and 5% excellent.

Topsoil moisture supplies rated 2% very short, 18% short, 77% adequate, and 3% surplus.

Subsoil moisture supplies rated 2% very short, 14% short, 81% adequate, and 3% surplus.

For the week ending May 10, 2020, there were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Data for this news release were provided at the county level by USDA Farm Service Agency, UNL Extension Service, and other reporters across the State.