Final production for the 2016 Nebraska potato crop totaled 7.38 million hundredweight (cwt), up 7% percent from 2015, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. Planted acres for 2016 totaled 16,500, up 6% from 2015.
Based on September 1 conditions, USDA NASS forecasts record highs for Nebraska's corn and soybean crops. Corn is forecast at 1.72 billion bushels, up 1% from last year, and soybeans are forecast at 316 million bushels, also up 1% from last year.
Approximately 87% of the state's corn had dented and 18% had reach maturity, behind the five-year average of 27% at maturity by this date, according to the September 11 USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service report on Nebraska crop progress and condition.
For the week ending July 16, temperatures averaged two to six degrees above normal, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Significant rainfall of an inch or more was received in the eastern half of Nebraska; however, the western half remained relatively dry. Winter wheat harvested was near completion in the southern counties.
Temperatures in Nebraska averaged two to six degrees above normal for the week ending July 9, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. Moderate amounts of precipitation covered most of the western counties and eastern parts of the Panhandle; however, the eastern half of the State remained dry. Drier conditions allowed winter wheat harvest to progress.
Nebraska's soybean acreage, estimated at 5.70 million acres in the June 30 USDA NASS report, was up 10% from last year and a record high. Nebraska corn at 9.80 million planted acres, is down 1% from last year.
For the week ending May 28, cool and mostly dry conditions prevailed, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Average temperatures ranged from three to nine degrees below normal. Some areas of the Panhandle and southeast Nebraska received up to an inch of rain; however, much of the state remained dry.