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Below normal temps challenge producers nebraska

For the month of February, temperatures 6 to 9 degrees below normal during the month were hard on livestock and created challenges for livestock producers, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office, March 3. Crop producer activities revolved around tax work and machinery preparations for the spring planting season. Grains were being moved to market and seed was being delivered for the upcoming planting season. Available soil moisture continues a concern going into spring. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 15 percent very short, 42 percent short, 43 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 16 percent very short, 39 percent short, 45 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.

Winter wheat condition rated 3 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 36 percent good, and 7 percent excellent.

Stock water supplies rated 6 percent very short, 8 percent short, 86 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.

Hay and forage supplies rated 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 88 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.

Cattle and calf condition rated 0 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 19 percent fair, 70 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Cattle and calf losses rated 5 percent below average, 91 percent average, and 4 percent above average. Percentage of cows calved since Jan 1 was 18 percent.

Sheep and lamb condition rated 0 percent very poor, 0 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 73 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. Sheep and lamb losses rated 1 percent below average, 97 percent average, and 2 percent above average.

Date: 3/10/2014



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