Winter wheat planting and corn harvest lagged a bit last week compared to previous years, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service report for the week ending Sunday, September 24. Temperatures averaged near normal across western Nebraska, but six to ten degrees above normal in the east.
Dry edible bean harvest continued in western Nebraska as temperatures across the state averaged four to eight degrees above normal for the week ending September 17, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Precipitation ranged from 0.5 to 1 inch across most of the state.
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.
John Thomas, Extension Educator in Box Butte County: Local field temperatures got down to 29°F a week or so ago and stayed fairly cold for a while. Beans are susceptible to cool temperatures, but I haven’t seen any damage. About 15% of our winter wheat is planted. Dry edible bean harvest is underway with about 15%-20% cut and some combined.
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.