Corn planting nears completion
For the week ending May 22, significant rainfall and below average temperatures were again recorded across the state, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office on May 23. Dry conditions during the first half of the week allowed corn planting to advance to near completion with soybean planting ahead of average. Crop and pasture conditions improved with the recent rains. However, heavy rains caused localized flooding and soil erosion in isolated areas. Dry bean planting was just underway and first cutting of alfalfa was limited.
Temperatures for the week ranged from 3 degrees below normal in the east to 8 degrees below normal in the Panhandle. Highs were mostly in the 70s with a few locations reaching the 80s. Lows recorded were mostly in the 30s but dipped below freezing in parts of the west. Precipitation fell later in the week with districts averaging from 1 inch to over 2.5 inches.
Corn planting advanced to 94 percent complete, near 95 last year and average. Corn emerged was 55 percent, near 56 last year but two days behind 61 average.
Soybean planting was 68 percent complete, ahead of 60 last year and 64 average. Soybeans emerged was 20 percent ahead of last year's 14 and 18 average.
Wheat conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 12 poor, 32 fair, 48 good, and 7 excellent, below last year's 75 percent good to excellent and 60 average. Wheat jointed was 78 percent, ahead of last year's 75 but below 91 average. Wheat headed was 8 percent, ahead of last year's 5, but six days behind 23 average.
Sorghum planting was 32 percent, ahead of 20 last year and near 35 average. Sorghum emerged was 6 percent, ahead of 5 last year and equal to average. Oats condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 12 fair, 80 good, and 6 excellent, below last year's 91 percent good to excellent but ahead of 79 average. Oats emerged was at 84 percent, behind 97 last year and 98 average. Dry beans planted was 1 percent, behind 5 last year and 10 average.
Alfalfa rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 23 fair, 65 good, and 9 excellent, below last year's 88 percent good to excellent, but above 72 average. First cutting of alfalfa was 4 percent complete, behind last year's 11 and 14 average. Wild hay conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 27 fair, 63 good, and 7 excellent, below 90 percent good to excellent last year.
Pasture and range conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 21 fair, 70 good, and 6 excellent, well below last year's 87 good to excellent but above 67 average.