USDA: Nebraska Crop Conditions 09-10-27

USDA: Nebraska Crop Conditions 09-10-27

October 26, 2009

For the period ending October 25, temperatures averaged 5 degrees below normal across the state and ranged from highs in the mid 70s to lows in the upper 20s, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Precipitation occurred statewide with the Northeast, Southwest and South Central
Districts receiving two inches or more.

Crop Condition

  • Corn conditions rated 2% very poor, 6% poor, 12% fair, 53% good, and 27% excellent, above last year’s 76% good or excellent rating. Irrigated fields rated 83% good or excellent while dryland fields rated 76%, both above year ago levels. Approximately 87% of the corn had reached maturity, near last year’s 86% but behind the average of 97%. Corn harvested was 15% complete, behind last year’s 21% and 23 days behind the 47% average for this time. Harvest progress is furthest in southern counties; however, no district has reached 25% harvested.
  • Soybean harvest was 63% complete, behind last year’s 81% and eleven days behind the 85% average.
  • Sorghum conditions rated 0% very poor, 3% poor, 21% fair, 55% good, and 21% excellent, near last year’s 77% good or excellent condition. Eighty-eight percent of the sorghum had reach maturity, well ahead of last year’s 70% but behind the average of 93%. Sorghum harvested was 8% complete, behind last year’s 11% and three weeks behind the 43% average.
  • Winter wheat conditions rated 1% very poor, 2% poor, 31% fair, 60% good, and 6% excellent, below last year’s 76% good or excellent. Winter wheat emerged was 86%, behind last year’s 90% and the 93% average.
  • Dry beans harvested were 93% complete, behind last year’s 100% and the 96% average.
  • Proso millet harvest was 65% complete, well behind last year’s 95% and over three weeks behind the 93% average.
  • Pasture and range conditions rated 2% very poor, 6% poor, 22% fair, 57% good, and 13% excellent, above last year’s 62% good or excellent condition.