With temperatures averaging two to four degrees above normal for the week ending April 23, corn planting was well underway and soybean planting had started in Nebraska, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Three percent of Nebraska's corn crop was planted as of Sunday, according to this week's USDA National Agriucltural Statistics Service report. This was near last year's 6% by this time and equal to the five-year average.
Todd Whitney, Extension Educator in Phelps County: Approximately 1.30-1.50+ inches of rain last week slowed field pea planting but was very welcome since soils were hard on the surface. Corn planting preparation will likely pick up again this week with probable planting due to begin April 15-20. Wheat green-up continues.
At 89.5 million projected acres, the 2017 US soybean acreage would set a record high and near the planting estimate for corn at 90 million acres, according to the March 31 USDA Prospective Plantings Report. In Nebraska soybean acres were also up (5.7 million acres) while corn dropped to 9.55 million acres.