Crop Progress: Conditions Decline Slightly, Winter Wheat Planting Nears End

Corn field at harvest
Historical crop progress data for Nebraska is available at USDA.

Crop Progress: Conditions Decline Slightly, Winter Wheat Planting Nears End

For the week ending Oct. 8, 2023, there were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 23% very short, 33% short, 43% adequate and 1% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 30% very short, 39% short, 30% adequate and 1% surplus.

Field Crops Report:

Corn condition rated 12% very poor, 17% poor, 24% fair, 37% good and 10% excellent. Corn mature was 94%, near 90% last year and ahead of 89% for the five-year average. Harvested was 32%, near 33% last year but ahead of 25% average.

Soybean condition rated 14% very poor, 18% poor, 26% fair, 34% good and 8% excellent. Soybeans harvested was 52%, near 50% last year and ahead of 46% average.

Winter wheat planted was 91%, ahead of 83% last year and 86% average. Emerged was 65%, ahead of 48% last year and 52% average.

Sorghum condition rated 4% very poor, 7% poor, 29% fair, 30% good and 30% excellent. Sorghum mature was 83%, ahead of 73% last year but near 84% average. Harvested was 18%, near 15% last year and 21% average.

Dry edible beans dropping leaves was 95%, equal to last year. Harvested was 65%, behind 71% last year.

Pasture and Range Report:

Pasture and range conditions rated 7% very poor, 12% poor, 27% fair, 46% good and 8% excellent.

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