Winter wheat seeding nears completion
A killing frost over the weekend brought the growing season to an end during the week ending Oct. 7, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office, Oct. 9.
With the colder temperatures came the first snowfall in portions of the west. Corn harvest is two-thirds complete, one month ahead of average. Soybean harvest was over 70 percent complete, near two weeks ahead of average. Winter wheat seeding was over 80 percent complete. However, less than one-third of the winter wheat fields were emerged, 12 days behind average. Sorghum, proso millet, and dry bean harvests progressed. With 97 percent of the state's pastures in poor or very poor condition, cattle were utilizing stalks. Producers continued seeking forage supplies to cover current and future needs.
Light precipitation in the form of snow and rain was received in the Panhandle and Southwest Districts with most amounts less than one half inch of moisture. Other areas of the state received little to no rain. Temperatures averaged 9 to 11 degrees below normal across the state. Highs reached the low 90s in the Southwest District but were mostly in the low to mid 80s elsewhere. Lows dipped into the lower 20s and upper teens.
Corn mature reached 98 percent, well ahead of 84 percent last year and 81 percent average. Corn harvested for grain was 67 percent, compared to 17 percent last year and 30 days ahead of 17 percent average.
Soybeans dropping leaves were 96 percent, compared to 91 percent last year and 93 percent average. Soybeans harvested were 71 percent, well ahead of 51 percent last year and 13 days ahead of 43 percent average. Soybean conditions rated 17 percent very poor, 28 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 17 percent good, and 3 percent excellent, well below last year's 78 percent good to excellent and 77 percent average.
Winter wheat seeded was at 81 percent, behind both 89 percent last year and average. Winter wheat emerged was 31 percent, well behind 67 percent last year and 62 percent average.
Proso millet harvest was 89 percent complete, ahead of 77 percent last year and 76 percent average.
Sorghum turning color was 100 percent, compared to 100 percent last year and 98 percent average. Sorghum mature was 84 percent, ahead of 81 percent last year and 69 percent average. Sorghum harvested was 31 percent complete, ahead of 13 percent last year and 8 percent average. Sorghum conditions rated 11 percent very poor, 44 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 11 percent good, and 1 percent excellent, well below 75 percent good to excellent last year and 78 percent average.
The fourth cutting of alfalfa was 90 percent complete, ahead of 88 percent last year and 82 percent average.
Dry beans harvested were 81 percent, behind 90 percent last year and 88 percent average.
Pasture and range conditions rated 77 percent very poor, 20 percent poor, 3 percent fair, 0 percent good, and 0 percent excellent, well below 65 percent good to excellent last year and average.