USDA: Corn Harvest in the Home Stretch
Nov. 17, 2014
Nebraska's 2015 corn harvest was 91% done as of Sunday, comparable to last year's 90% and ahead of the five-year average of 87% for this date. Sorghum harvested was 93%, near 96% last year, but ahead of the five-year average of 87%.
Unseasonably cold conditions engulfed the state with snow late in week, slowing final harvest activities, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Temperatures averaged 15 to 20 degrees below normal. Snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches were common across eastern Nebraska with larger amounts in northern areas. Livestock producers worked to get animals in protected areas as the cold temperatures arrived.
Topsoil moisture supplies rated 7% very short, 31% short, 61% adequate, and 1% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 8% very short, 30% short, 61% adequate, and 1% surplus.
Winter wheat condition was rated 0 very poor, 2% poor, 20% fair, 69% good, and 9% excellent, little changed from last week's conditions.
Pasture and range conditions rated 4% very poor, 5% poor, 32% fair, 54% good, and 5% excellent.
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