Some dryland crops needing rain, showing stress Nebraska
For the week ending Aug. 17, rain in the central part of the state helped reduce the need for irrigation, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office, Aug. 18.
Dryland crops in areas that did not receive rain were showing stress. Cooler weather in the eastern part of the state slowed crop development, while warmer temperatures in the west helped dry down hay. There were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork.
Topsoil moisture supplies rated 7 percent very short, 31 percent short, 61 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 11 percent very short, 32 percent short, 57 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.
Corn conditions rated 3 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 50 percent good, and 20 percent excellent. Corn dough was 78 percent, well ahead of 64 percent last year, but near 75 percent for the five-year average. Corn dented was 20 percent, ahead of 10 percent last year, but behind 29 percent average.
Soybean conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 17 percent excellent. Soybeans setting pods was 89 percent, near 86 percent last year and 87 percent average.
Sorghum conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 41 percent good, and 19 percent excellent. Sorghum headed was 90 percent, ahead of 74 percent last year and 79 percent average. Sorghum coloring was 37 percent, well ahead of 2 percent last year and 7 percent average.
Dry bean conditions rated 3 percent very poor, 1 percent poor, 15 percent fair, 60 percent good, and 21 percent excellent. Dry beans blooming was 92 percent. Dry beans setting pods was 86 percent, behind 90 percent last year, but equal to the average.
Alfalfa hay conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 50 percent good, and 10 percent excellent. Alfalfa hay third cutting was 68 percent complete, ahead of 55 percent last year, but equal to the average.
Pasture and range conditions rated 7 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 41 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Stock water supplies rated 2 percent very short, 9 percent short, 88 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.