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Weather halts spring fieldwork Nebraska

For the week ending April 21, cold temperatures combined with precipitation in the form of snow and rain to halt spring fieldwork, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office, April 22.

Soil moisture supplies in the east showed improvement; however, western counties received 0.5 inch or less of moisture during the week, doing little to build soil profiles.

Young calves required attention as wet soils provided few dry places to lie down. In addition, temperatures which averaged 9 to 15 degrees below normal, stressed the new arrivals. The cold conditions lowered soil temperatures which declined into the low 40s and upper 30s statewide. Pastures continued to show little growth forcing producers to draw on already short forage supplies. Planting activities were at a standstill with only 1.6 days considered suitable for fieldwork. Statewide, topsoil moisture supplies rated 10 percent very short, 31 percent short, 56 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 49 percent very short, 41 percent short, 10 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.

Wheat conditions rated 13 percent very poor, 30 percent poor, 46 percent fair, 11 percent good, and 0 percent excellent. Wheat jointed was 5 percent, behind last year’s 56 percent and 18 percent average.

Oats planted were at 69 percent, behind last year’s 84 percent and 70 percent average. Oats emerged were 18 percent, behind 47 percent last year and 26 percent average.

Stock water supplies rated 8 percent very short, 23 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus. Hay and forage supplies rated 26 percent very short, 45 percent short, 29 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus. Cattle and calves condition rated 0 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 65 percent good, and 11 percent excellent. Spring calving was 84 percent complete.

Date: 4/29/2013


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