Weather Information & Resources
Soil Temperature Summary for Nebraska (Source: Nebraska Mesonet) (illustrated graphically and numerically by district)
Accumulated GDD and Crop Water Use (ET) Rates
Nebraska Ag Water Management Network. Access rain and ET information posted by the ag community and crop growth stage information
Nebraska Extension Crop Water Use Information Rich resources of information on ET, soil moisture sensing and water management for crop production
Corn GDD, an online Useful to Usable Decision Support Tool for the Corn Belt See current conditions and GDD in a 30-year perspective.
Evapotranspiration Resources and Crop Water Use Data by Growth Stage (Corn, Soybean, Wheat, Alfalfa, Sorghum, Sugarbeet, Potato)
NeRAIN Reports and Maps (Nebraska Rainfall Assessment and Information Network) Daily precipitation reports from hundreds of Nebraska sites
Precipitation Summary (Source: High Plains Regional Climate Center)
Ag Climate View Tool, a Useful to Usable U2U decision support tool Access customized historical climate and crop yield data (See related CW article.)
Ag Climate Connection, a blog with news and views on climate change in the Corn Belt Other Helpful Sites
Figure 1. Planting into cold soil (below 50°F) when cold conditions are expected for the next 48 hours can lead to germination problems and seedlings not emerging or not emerging well. 1a. Corn seedling that started leafing out below ground and now has twisted leaves which will delay or negate normal plant development.. Figures 1b-c. Unemerged seedlings attempting to leaf out belowground. None of the seedlings shown should be counted as a productive plant.
With stormy conditions back in the picture, many growers may be concerned about planting corn into cold, wet soils? By checking weather forecasts and soil temperature at planting (in the field and online) and the cold tolerance of seed, growers can identify 48-hour windows of opportunity for planting.
A new email listserve offers eastern Nebraska winter wheat growers a means for asking questions and sharing information with other growers as well as getting weekly highlights and resources.
Figures 1 and 2. Comparison of the February 15 (left) and March 15 precipitation outlooks for June-August 2018, showing Nebraska is no longer in a large area of below-normal precipitation. A indicates above normal chances, N indicates normal changes, B indicates below normal chances and EC indicates equal chances for precipitation percentages provided in the key. (Source: NOAA Climate Prediction Center)
The Climate Prediction Center’s March 15 outlook continues to favor dry conditions for the Southern Plains. Its summer precipitation outlook, however, has changed and is shifting the highest probabilities for below normal moisture south (
Figures 1 and 2).
After a drier and warmer than normal November, the Drought Monitor showed a marked increase in how much of Nebraska was dry, increasing the "abnormally dry" area from 9% to 61% this week.
Table of wind gusts in Nebraska
As evidenced by field after field of broken corn stalks and ears lying on the ground, the Nebraska plains were swept by winds of 30-50 mph, often over a sustained period, Oct. 23-27. Two tables show the peak gusts as well as how many hours in a given day two sites experienced high winds.