UNL CropWatch June 21, 2010: USDA Nebraska Crop Condition Report
June 21, 2010
For the week ending June 20, heavy rain fell in eastern counties causing flooding and standing water in low lying areas, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. In addition, hail and strong winds caused damage to isolated fields and structures. Due to the wet conditions, field work such as spraying herbicides and side dressing nitrogen were behind schedule.The northern third of the state was behind in the number of Growing Degree Days.
- Corn condition rated 1% very poor, 3% poor, 18% fair, 62% good, and 16% excellent. Producers are anxious to get postemergence herbicides applied and gravity flow fields ridged before corn is too tall. Loss of nitrogen in waterlogged soils is also a concern.
- Soybean planting moved ahead slowly to 99% complete, behind last year’s 100% but equal to the 99% average. Ninety-three percent of the soybeans had emerged, behind last year’s 100% and 95% average.
- Sorghum planting was 91% complete, behind last year’s 99% and 97% average. Sorghum emerged was 79% complete, behind last year’s 88% and 83% average.
- Wheat conditions rated 1% very poor, 6% poor, 23% fair, 61% good, and 9% excellent, behind 74% good or excellent last year but well above the 50% average. Wheat headed was at 96%, behind last year’s 98% and 99% average. Wheat turning color was 28%t complete, behind last year’s 41% and 58% average. Most of the coloring was in the Southeast District. About 1% of the wheat was ripe, one week behind 9% last year and 8% average.
- Proso millet planted was 44% planted, ahead of last year’s 40% but behind the 52% average.
- Oats conditions rated 1% poor, 15% fair, 68% good, and 16% excellent. Oats headed was 75% complete, near last year’s 77% and 76% average.
- Dry beans planted progressed and were 94% complete, ahead of last year’s 87% and 92% average. Acreage emerged was 59%, behind both 72% last year and 65% average.
- Alfalfa rated 1% very poor, 3% poor, 14% fair, 67% good, and 15% excellent. Conditions were above last year’s 69% good or excellent condition and 61% average. First cutting of alfalfa was 82% complete, ahead of 72% last year but equal to average. Second cutting of alfalfa had started with 3% complete, same as last year, but behind 6%.
- Wild hay conditions rated 1% very poor, 1% poor, 10% fair, 75% good, and 13% excellent.
- Pasture and range conditions rated 0% very poor, 1% poor, 8% fair, 75% good, and 16% excellent, above last year’s 82% good and excellent and 64% average.