USDA Crop Report
May 1, 2009 For the week ending April 26, favorable conditions allowed corn planting to advance quickly, according to USDA'sNational Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska FieldOffice.
Corn planting was 27% complete, a week ahead of last year's 8% and four daysahead of the 18% average.
Wheat condition rated 0% very poor, 3% poor,24% fair, 61% good, and 12% excellent, above last year's58% good or excellent condition. Fourteen percent of the wheat had jointed, ahead of last year's 11% but eight days behind the 32% average.
Oats planting increased to 86% complete, ahead of last year's78% and near the 85% average. Thirty-four percent of the crop had emerged, well ahead of last year's 26% but behind the 44% average.
Alfalfa conditions rated 0% very poor, 2% poor,21% fair, 70% good, and 7% excellent, above last year's70% good or excellent condition.
Pasture and range conditions rated 0% very poor, 4% poor,23% fair, 67% good, and 6% excellent, above last year.