Corn harvest over half complete, ahead of average
For the week ending Sept. 30, fall harvest progressed across the state with limited rainfall, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office, Oct. 1.
Corn harvest is over half complete, near one month ahead of average. Soybean harvest also neared the half way point with harvest difficult due to plants with dry pods and green stems.
Winter wheat seeding approached the two-thirds point but fields were slow to emerge due to dry soil conditions.
Sorghum and proso millet harvests continued and sugar beet harvest has started. With 98 percent of the state's pastures in poor or very poor condition, cattle producers continued seeking forage supplies and culling of livestock.
Light precipitation was received in the southern Panhandle and Southwest District with amounts recorded less than one quarter of an inch. Other areas of the state received little to no rain. Temperatures averaged near normal in the Northeast, Central and East Central Districts, 2 to 3 degrees above normal in the southern third, and 4 degrees above normal in the Panhandle. Highs were in the mid 80s and lows were in the mid 30s.
Corn mature reached 93 percent, well ahead of 68 percent last year and 67 percent average. Corn harvested for grain was 53 percent, compared to 10 last year and 29 days ahead of 10 percent average. Corn conditions rated 22 percent very poor, 20 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 27 percent good, and 5 percent excellent, well below 74 percent good to excellent last year and 78 percent average. Irrigated corn conditions rated 53 percent good to excellent and dryland corn rated 2 percent.
Soybeans dropping leaves were 91 percent, compared to 69 percent last year and 79 percent average. Soybeans harvested were 48 percent, well ahead of 15 percent last year and 11 days ahead of 16 percent average. Soybean conditions rated 20 percent very poor, 28 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 17 percent good, and 2 percent excellent, well below last year's 79 percent good to excellent and 78 percent average.
Winter wheat seeded was at 64 percent, behind both 77 percent last year and average. Winter wheat emerged was 16 percent, well behind 46 percent last year and 41 percent average.
Proso millet harvest was 78 percent complete, ahead of 56 percent last year and 62 percent average.
Sorghum turning color was 84 percent, compared to 99 percent last year and 96 percent average. Sorghum mature was 51 percent, behind 63 percent last year but ahead of 49 percent average. Sorghum harvested was 11 percent complete, ahead of 6 percent last year and 4 percent average. Sorghum conditions rated 13 percent very poor, 42 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 11 percent good, and 1 excellent, well below 74 percent good 0 percent excellent last year and 76 percent average.
The fourth cutting of alfalfa was 87 percent complete, ahead of 85 percent last year and 77 percent average.
Dry beans dropping leaves were 96 percent, near 97 percent last year but ahead of 93 percent average. Dry beans harvested were 65 percent, behind 71 percent last year and 70 percent average. Dry bean conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 45 percent fair, 42 percent good, and 3 percent excellent.
Pasture and range conditions rated 77 percent very poor, 21 percent poor, 2 percent fair, 0 percent good, and 0 percent excellent, well below 68 percent good to excellent last year and average.