Corn condition rated 2% very poor, 4% poor, 12% fair, 51% good, and 31% excellent, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service Nebraska crop condition report for the week ending Sept. 23. Corn dented was 98%, near 96% for last year and the five-year average. Approximately 69% of the crop was mature, ahead of 52% last year and the five-year average of 53%.
Final production for the 2017 Nebraska potato crop totaled 9.03 million cwt, up 22% from 2016, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Planted acres for 2017 totaled 19,000, up 15% from 2016. Harvested area, at 19,000 acres, was up 16% from the previous year. Yield for all potatoes averaged 475 cwt in 2017, 25 cwt per acre higher than the 2016 average yield.
Extension Educators from across the state report on crop progress in their areas. Generally crops are maturing quickly with the warmer temperatures this week. Stalk rots are a concern in corn and growers are encouraged to check fields and prioritize harvests accordingly.