For the month of January 2009, mild temperatures the first three weeks of the month gave way to bitter cold temperatures with lows and wind chills dipping well below zero during the last week, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office, Feb. 2.
During the last week of the month, soil temperatures were above year ago levels in most areas and ranged from 28 degrees to 34 degrees across the state. Producer activities included moving grain, machinery maintenance, calving, and completing taxes.
Depth of snow at the end of January was minimal and averaged one inch across the state with the Panhandle reporting over 5 inches of snow cover and the Northeast District near 3 inches. Precipitation averaged below normal for the month while temperatures averaged 3 degrees above normal.
Wheat conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 64 percent good, and 11 percent excellent, above last year's 58 percent good or excellent condition. Hay and forage supplies rated 0 percent very short, 4 percent short, 93 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus, above last year's 88 percent adequate and surplus.
Cattle and calves condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 percent poor, 17 percent fair, 78 percent good, and 4 percent excellent, above last year's 78 percent good and excellent. Calving was underway at 5 percent complete.
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