USDA Crop Condition Report
While some areas of the state received rain last week, Nebraska dryland crops in areas that did not receive rain were showing stress, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service report for the week ending Aug. 17.
Cooler weather in the eastern part of the state slowed crop development, while warmer temperatures in the west helped dry down hay.
Topsoil moisture rated 7% very short, 31% short, 61% adequate, and 1% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 11% very short, 32% short, 57% adequate, and 0 surplus.
Corn conditions rated 3% very poor, 6% poor, 21% fair, 50% good, and 20% excellent. Corn dough was 78%, well ahead of 64% last year, but near 75% for the five-year average. Corn dented was 20%, ahead of 10% last year, but behind the average of 29%.
Soybean conditions rated 2% very poor, 6% poor, 22% fair, 53% good, and 17% excellent. Soybeans setting pods was 89%, near 86% last year and the average of 87%.
Sorghum conditions rated 2% very poor, 5% poor, 33% fair, 41% good, and 19% excellent. Sorghum headed was 90%, ahead of 74% last year and the average of 79%. Sorghum coloring was 37%, well ahead of 2% last year and the average of 7%.
Dry bean conditions rated 3% very poor, 1% poor, 15% fair, 60% good, and 21% excellent. Ninety-two percent of dry beans were blooming. Dry beans setting pods was 86%, behind 90% last year, but equal to the average.
Alfalfa hay conditions rated 2% very poor, 7% poor, 31% fair, 50% good, and 10% excellent. Alfalfa hay third cutting was 68% complete, ahead of 55% last year, but equal to the average.
Pasture and range conditions rated 7% very poor, 11% poor, 34% fair, 41% good, and 7% excellent.