For the week ending Nov. 25, much field work was completed with the above normal temperatures and virtually no precipitation, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office, Nov. 26.
Field activities included fall tillage, fertilizer and herbicide applications, and conservation work with soil temperatures averaging in the mid 40s. Winter wheat continues being stressed by the ongoing drought, with near half of the crop in poor or very poor condition. Emergence lags average with thin and spotty stands reported.
Average temperatures across the state ranged from 5 degrees above normal in the Northeast to 10 degrees above normal in the Panhandle. Highs reached the mid 70s and lows were in the teens. Statewide, little or no precipitation was recorded with only trace amounts reported in the Northwest and North Central District border counties.
Winter wheat emerged was 95 percent, behind 100 percent last year and average. Wheat conditions rated 15 percent very poor, 31 percent poor, 40 percent fair, and 14 percent good, well below 75 percent good to excellent last year and 64 percent average.
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