Some parts of state receive rain Nebraska
For the week ending April 28, rain early in the week combined with below normal temperatures to limit fieldwork until the weekend when conditions warmed and soils began to dry, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office, April 29.
Moisture accumulations near 1 inch were common across the southeastern third of the state. However, precipitation was again limited in many western counties where soil moisture profiles are depleted. Corn planting was underway as soil temperatures rose into the upper 50s by April 28. For the week, temperatures averaged 3 to 6 degrees below normal. Pastures continued to show little growth, forcing producers to draw on short forage supplies.
Fieldwork was limited with only 3.2 days considered suitable for fieldwork. Statewide, topsoil moisture supplies rated 13 percent very short, 31 percent short, 55 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 47 percent very short, 42 percent short, 11 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.
Corn planted was 3 percent, well behind last year’s 40 percent and 26 percent average.
Wheat conditions rated 14 percent very poor, 30 percent poor, 44 percent fair, 12 percent good, and 0 percent excellent. Wheat jointed was 6 percent, well behind last year’s 66 percent and 28 percent average.
Oats planted were at 70 percent, behind last year’s 92 percent and 85 percent average. Oats emerged were 24 percent, behind last year’s 67 percent and 46 percent average.
Stock water supplies rated 7 percent very short, 20 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Hay and forage supplies rated 23 percent very short, 46 percent short, 31 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus. Cattle and calves condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 66 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Spring calving was 91 percent complete. Calf losses this spring has been 7 percent below average, 88 percent average, and 5 percent above average.