UNL CropWatch Feb. 1, 2001: USDA: Weather and Crop Update

UNL CropWatch Feb. 1, 2001: USDA: Weather and Crop Update

Feb. 1, 2001

For the month of January, temperatures averaged below normal with above normal precipitation across the eastern two-thirds of the state, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office.

Precipitation was light during January across the Panhandle and southwest with less than 0.5 inch recorded. Elsewhere, 1-1.5 inches were common, bringing much needed moisture. At the end of the month, snow depth was limited across the western third of the state, while eastern counties averaged 3 to6 inches of snow cover.

Hauling grain to market and livestock care were the main activities during the month. Wheat condition continued well below year ago levels. Producers have started supplemental feeding of cattle due to snow cover with feed supplies adequate. Cattle are in good condition with the first calves of the season being born.

Field Crops Report

  • Wheat conditions statewide rated 2% very poor, 13% poor, 44% fair, 36% good, and 5% excellent, below last year.
  • Hay and forage supplies rated 0% very short, 3%, 95% adequate, and 2% surplus, above a year ago.