USDA: Nebraska Corn, Soybean Near or Above Long-term Averages - UNL CropWatch, Sept. 20, 2011

USDA: Nebraska Corn, Soybean Near or Above Long-term Averages - UNL CropWatch, Sept. 20, 2011

September 20, 2011

For the week ending September 18, cool and misty weather slowed field work but provided some much needed moisture for germination of fall seeded wheat. Harvest of corn silage, high moisture corn, and seed corn continued as did dry bean and proso millet harvests in the west. The cooler temperatures relieved stress on livestock.

Rainfall accumulations were highest in the western half of the state with a few locations receiving over 1 inch.

Crop Condition

  • Corn condition rated 2% very poor, 6% poor, 18% fair, 55% good, and 19% excellent, below 83% good to excellent last year but near 75% average. Irrigated corn conditions rated 78% good to excellent and dryland corn rated 68%. Corn in dent or beyond was 97%, equal to last year and near 95% average. Corn mature was 22%, well behind 45% last year and 34% average. Corn harvest was at 2%, behind 5% last year but near 3% average.
     
  • Soybean condition rated 1% very poor, 4% poor, 16% fair, 57% good, and 22% excellent, equal to 79% good to excellent last year but above 74% average. Seventy-three percent of the soybeans had turned color, behind 84% last year and the average of 82%. Soybeans dropping leaves was 17%, well behind 41% last year and 35% average.
     
  • Winter wheat seeding was 41% complete, behind 47% last year but equal to the 41% average.
     
  • Proso millet harvest was 23%, behind 51% last year and 34% average.
     
  • Sorghum conditions rated 1% very poor, 9% poor, 16% fair, 59% good, and 15% excellent, below last year’s good to excellent rating of 76% but above 73% average. Sorghum turning color was 93%, near 94% last year but ahead of 86% average. Sorghum mature was 24%, ahead of 14% last year and average. The first fields of sorghum were harvested.
     
  • Dry beans condition rated 3% very poor, 17% poor, 20% fair, 48% good, and 12% excellent, below 73% good to excellent last year and 67% average. Dry beans turning color was 94%, behind 100% last year but equal to average. Dry beans dropping leaves were 83%, ahead of last year’s 73% and 65% average. Dry beans harvest progress was slow, at 17%, due to wet field conditions, well behind 50% last year and 32% average.
     
  • Alfalfa rated 0% very poor, 4% poor, 22% fair, 63% good, and 11% excellent, below 78% good to excellent last year but well above 65% average. The fourth cutting of alfalfa was at 60%, near 61% last year but ahead of 49% average.
     
  • Pasture and range conditions rated 1% very poor, 7% poor, 23% fair, 60% good, and 9% excellent, below last year’s 83% good to excellent but above 58% average.

Nebraska Field Office
USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service