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Snow fall brings much needed moisture


For the month of February 2013, snow fall across the eastern two thirds of the state brought much needed moisture to drought impacted areas, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office.

Snow accumulations were heaviest in the Southwest and South Central Districts with some areas exceeding 12 inches of snow. However, the Panhandle received only limited amounts of precipitation for the month. Wheat condition continued well below year ago levels with most of the crop rated fair to poor. Cattle are in mostly good condition with calving underway. Cattle made good use of stalks until snow fell during the third week of the month, causing producers to rely on feed stocks.

Temperatures averaged 1 degree below normal across the southern Panhandle and portions of the southeast. Most of the remainder of the state was 1 to 3 degrees above normal. Precipitation was above normal in the central third of the state while the western and eastern thirds were mostly below normal. Snow depth averaged 6 inches across the state with 9 to 10 inches common in Southwestern and South Central Districts. During the last week of the month, soil temperatures ranged from 28 to 33 degrees.

Wheat conditions statewide rated 14 percent very poor, 36 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 12 percent good, and 0 percent excellent, well below last year. Hay and forage supplies rated 11 percent very short, 38 percent short, 51 percent adequate and 0 percent surplus, well below year ago levels.

Cattle and calves condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 78 percent good, and 4 percent excellent, below last year. Cows that have calved since Jan. 1, were 18 percent.

Date: 3/11/2013

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