Row crop development boosted by weather nebraska
For the week ending July 7, clear skies and sunshine boosted row crop development and allowed wheat harvest to progress uninterrupted in southern counties, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office, July 8.
Much of the state saw little or no rainfall with topsoil moisture supplies declining as seasonally hot temperatures returned later in the week. Spring-planted, dryland crops in much of the western two-thirds of the state were showing signs of stress. Hay harvest progressed with alfalfa second cutting and wild hay harvests active. Statewide, producers had 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork.
Topsoil moisture supplies rated 14 percent very short, 39 percent short, 46 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus, well above previous year. Statewide, subsoil moisture supplies rated 25 percent very short, 35 percent short, 40 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.
All corn conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 19 percent fair, 56 percent good, 20 percent excellent. Irrigated corn conditions rated 83 percent good or excellent, compared to 77 percent average. Dryland corn conditions rated 66 percent good or excellent, compared to 71 percent average. Corn silking was 1 percent complete, behind 46 percent last year and 16 percent average.
Soybean conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 19 percent fair, 63 percent good, and 13 percent excellent. Twenty percent of the crop was blooming, behind 35 percent last year but near 21 percent average.
Sorghum conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 31 percent good, and 20 percent excellent.
Wheat conditions rated 24 percent very poor, 26 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 18 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Wheat turning color was 92 percent, behind 100 percent last year but near 95 percent average. Wheat ripe was 30 percent, well behind 97 percent last year and 48 percent average. Twelve percent of the crop was harvested, well behind 90 percent last year and 27 percent average.
Oat conditions rated 4 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 43 percent good, and 10 percent excellent. Oats headed were 96 percent, compared to last year’s 100 percent and 97 percent average.
Dry bean conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 0 percent poor, 18 percent fair, 76 percent good, and 6 percent excellent. Dry beans blooming were 1 percent, compared to 3 percent last year and 2 percent average.
Alfalfa conditions were 3 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 6 percent excellent. Alfalfa first cutting was 99 percent complete, compared to last year’s 100 percent and 98 percent average. Alfalfa second cutting was 19 percent complete, well behind last year’s 86 percent and 43 percent average.
Stock water supplies rated 6 percent very short, 13 percent short, 81 percent adequate and 0 percent surplus. Pasture and range condition was 11 percent very poor, 27 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 21 percent good, and 2 percent excellent. Hay and forage supplies rated 24 percent very short, 34 percent short, 42 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.