Dry weather helps corn, soybean harvest Nebrasa
For the week ending Oct. 27, dry weather throughout the state was welcomed by corn and soybean producers who were busy harvesting their crops, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office, Oct. 28.
Cooler than average temperatures however, slowed crop dry-down in some areas. Ranchers were moving cattle to winter feeding areas and weaning calves. Statewide, producers had 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 8 percent very short, 27 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 18 percent very short, 37 percent short, 45 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.
All corn condition rated 7 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 19 percent fair, 48 percent good, and 20 percent excellent. Irrigated corn conditions rated 81 percent good or excellent. Dryland corn conditions rated 49 percent good or excellent. Corn mature was 97 percent, behind 100 percent last year but near 95 percent average. Corn harvested was 55 percent, well behind 93 percent last year and equal to 55 percent average.
Soybeans harvest was 94 percent complete, behind 98 percent last year but ahead of 88 percent average.
Sorghum conditions rated 16 percent very poor, 18 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 37 percent good, and 3 percent excellent. Sorghum harvest was 64 percent complete, well behind 82 percent last year but ahead of 45 percent average.
Winter wheat rated 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 64 percent good, and 8 percent excellent. Winter wheat emerged was 94 percent, well ahead of 72 percent last year and 88 percent average.
Proso millet was 88 percent harvested, behind 97 percent last year and 91 percent average.
Ninety-seven percent of dry beans were harvested, ahead of 93 percent last year and equal to 97 percent average.
The fourth cutting of alfalfa was 91 percent complete, behind 100 percent last year and 99 percent average.
Stock water supplies rated 5 percent very short, 13 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Pasture and range condition was 18 percent very poor, 24 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 24 percent good, and 2 percent excellent.