Weather prompts producers to be fire aware
For the week ending Sept. 9, another week with little to no rain, temperatures in triple digits, and winds led to even drier conditions, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office, Sept. 10.
Producers are encouraged to stay on alert as fires during harvest have been reported. Dryland corn harvest continues to spread across the state while harvest of early planted irrigated fields has begun in some locations. Seed corn harvest is in full swing and high moisture corn was picked for feed lots. Soybean fields are turning color and maturing rapidly. Winter wheat fields that have been seeded into dry topsoil will need moisture for emergence. Harvest of proso millet continued. Cattle producers continue supplemental feeding livestock due to reduced forage supplies. Selling of cattle remains active due to high feed prices.
Weather Summary: Little to no precipitation fell during the week. Temperatures averaged 1 to 2 degrees above normal across the state. Highs reached triple digits and overnight lows fell to the mid 30s.
Corn in the dent stage reached 98 percent, ahead of 85 percent last year and 83 percent average. Corn mature reached 55 percent, compared to 7 percent last year and 17 days ahead of 13 percent average. Corn harvested for grain was 12 percent, compared to 1 percent last year and average. Corn conditions rated 22 percent very poor, 21 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 27 percent good, and 4 percent excellent, well below 76 percent good to excellent last year and 79 percent average. Irrigated corn conditions rated 51 percent good to excellent and dryland corn rated 3 percent.
Soybeans turning color were at 77 percent, compared to 31 percent last year and 11 days ahead of 44 percent average. Soybeans dropping leaves were 25 percent, compared to 2 percent last year and 7 percent average. Conditions rated 20 percent very poor, 27 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 17 percent good, and 1 percent excellent, well below last year's 81 percent good to excellent and 77 average.
Winter wheat seeded was at 8 percent, behind both 19 percent last year and 16 percent average.
Proso millet harvested was 17 percent complete, compared to 12 percent last year and 13 percent average.
Sorghum headed was 94 percent, behind 100 percent last year and 99 percent average. Sorghum turning color was 51 percent, compared to 78 percent last year and 68 percent average. Sorghum mature was 3 percent, behind 6 percent last year but equal to 3 percent average. Sorghum conditions rated 13 percent very poor, 44 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 12 percent good, and 0 percent excellent, well below 77 percent good to excellent last year and 78 percent average.
The fourth cutting of alfalfa was 74 percent complete, compared to 28 percent last year and 24 percent average. Alfalfa condition rated 45 percent very poor, 29 percent poor, 17 percent fair, 8 percent good, and 1 percent excellent, well below 78 percent good to excellent last year and 72 percent average.
Dry beans turning color were 80 percent, compared to 79 percent last year and 84 percent average. Dry beans dropping leaves were 34 percent, below 52 percent last year and 45 percent average. Dry beans harvested were 5 percent, behind 7 percent last year and 10 percent average.
Dry bean conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 50 percent fair, 39 percent good, and 2 percent excellent, well below 61 percent good to excellent last year and 67 average.
Pasture and range conditions rated 73 percent very poor, 24 poor, 3 fair, 0 good, and 0 excellent, well below 71 percent good to excellent last year and 68 percent average.