UNL CropWatch Sept. 14, 2010: USDA Crop Report: Corn Harvest, Panhandle Wheat Seeding Begin

UNL CropWatch Sept. 14, 2010: USDA Crop Report: Corn Harvest, Panhandle Wheat Seeding Begin

Sept. 14, 2010

For the week ending September 12, temperatures early in the week dipped below freezing in parts of the Panhandle and southwest Nebraska, impacting crops not yet mature.

Corn harvest was underway in the southeastern third of the state and was advancing north and west, according to the Nebraska Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. In the Panhandle, wheat seeding was near 50% complete and dry bean and millet harvests were active. Irrigators continued shutting down systems, picking up pipe, and preparing equipment for harvest. For the week, temperatures averaged 1 degree below normal with highs reaching the low 90’s. There was limited rainfall, varying from 0.10 to 0.34 inches.

Field Crops Report

Corn condition rated 1% very poor, 3% poor, 13% fair, 57% good, and 26% excellent, above a year ago. Irrigated fields were 84% good or excellent and dryland fields rated 80%. Corn reaching the dent stage was 92%, ahead of 83% last year and 89% average. Mature was at 26%, ahead of 9% last year and 22% average. Corn harvest has started and was 2% complete, same as average.

Soybean conditions rated 2% very poor, 3% poor, 15% fair, 55% good, and 25% excellent, near last year. Soybean acreage turning color was 69%, ahead of 65% last year and 66% average. Acreage dropping leaves was 20%, ahead of 12% last year and 17% average.

Sorghum conditions rated 2% poor, 19% fair, 58% good, and 21% excellent, above last year. Sorghum acreage turning color was 93%, well ahead of last year’s 51% and 75% average. Sorghum mature was 3%, behind the 7% average.

Winter wheat seeding was 25% complete, near 27% last year and 23% average.

Dry beans conditions rated 1% very poor, 6% poor, 18% fair, 68% good, and 7% excellent, above last year. Dry bean acreage dropping leaves was 64%, ahead of last year’s 41% and 47% average. Harvest dry beans were at 29%, ahead of 19% last year and 15% average.

Proso millet harvest was at 30%, ahead of 14% last year and 21% average.

Alfalfa rated 1% very poor, 4% poor, 15% fair, 64% good, and 16% excellent. The fourth cutting of alfalfa progressed to 44%, well ahead of 24% last year and 32% average.