2017 Crop Reports

Figure 1. Dry bean harvest underway in the Nebraska Panhandle Wednesday, Oct. 18. (Photo by Gary Stone)
Figure 1. Dry bean harvest underway in the Nebraska Panhandle Wednesday, Oct. 18. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Crop Update from the Panhandle October 19, 2017

Recent dry weather opened up dry bean harvest, but slowed sugar beet harvest in the Nebraska Panhandle. Dry bean harvest should be 80%-90% complete by the end of the week.

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Corn harvest

USDA-NASS: Just 17% of Corn and 33% of Beans Harvested October 16, 2017

As of Monday corn harvest was 17% done, well behind the five-year average of 39%, and soybean harvest was at 33%, well behind the average of 67%. Harvest progress in many other corn and soybean production states also lagged.

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USDA NASS Forecasts Record/Top Yields for Most Crops October 13, 2017

Based on October 1 conditions, Nebraska's 2017 corn production is forecast at 1.68 billion bushels, down 1% from last year's production, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Area to be harvested for grain, at 9.30 million acres, is down 3% from a year ago. Yield is forecast at 181 bushels per acre, up 3 bushels from last year.

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Extension Crop & Field Reports October 10, 2017

John Wilson, Extension Educator in Burt County: Conditions here are wet. We got 2.5 inches of precipitation last week and another 0.5 inch Tuesday. Harvest is at a standstill with less than 10% of the corn and soybeans having been harvested. Alfalfa and pastures look great.

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Figure 1. A grower using a Picket combine, specifically designed to harvest dry beans, and his regular combine took advantage of favorable conditions Sept. 30 to harvest dry beans in the Nebraska Panhandle. While conditions have generally been wet, this day there was little or no wind, and the dust hung in the air throughout the field. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Precipitation Slows and Complicates Dry Bean Harvest October 6, 2017

Dry bean harvest in the Panhandle is going slow this season. In most years, dry bean harvest is completed by the end of September; however, this year precipitation events over the last several weeks have slowed harvest and have now brought it to a standstill.

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Nebraska map of PPDC reporting districts

Crop Diseases Confirmed by PPDC Sept. 27-Oct. 5 October 6, 2017

Anthracnose in corn and soybeans was among the diseases diagnosed by the university's Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic in the last two weeks. See their report for soybean, corn, hops, and alfalfa. Clinic services will be reduced Oct. 12-19.

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Nebraska Organic Production up 33% from Previous Year September 25, 2017

Certified organic operations in Nebraska sold $96 million in organic products in 2016, up 33% from 2015. The number of certified organic operations in Nebraska totaled 162, up 1% from 2015, on 107,371 acres, according to a USDA NASS report.

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October Ag Law and Farm Finance Clinics September 25, 2017

Openings are available in October for one-on-one, confidential farm finance and ag law consultations being conducted at three sites: Valentine, Norfolk, and Fairbury.

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