For the week ending April 18, producers focused on field preparations with corn planting underway in most areas of the state, according to the Nebraska Agricultural Statistics Service, April 19.

Over the weekend, high winds combined with above normal temperatures dried soils and created dusty conditions. Subsoil moisture continued to rate very short to short in the western two-thirds of the state. Other producer activities included livestock care, spring fieldwork, and applying fertilizer.

Wheat condition rated 11 percent very poor, 17 poor, 38 fair, 33 good, and 1 excellent, below last year and average. Fields were 15 percent jointed, ahead of last year at 10 and average at 8.

Corn planting had made a start in most areas around the state with 7 percent seeded to date, ahead of last year and average at 3.

Oat planting progressed to 84 percent seeded to date, ahead of last year and average at 68. Twenty-nine percent of the acreage had emerged, ahead of last year at 23 but the same as average.

Sugar beet planting continued to make good progress with 57 percent completed to date. A year ago 20 percent had been planted.

Alfalfa conditions rated 3 percent very poor, 9 poor, 44 fair, 39 good, and 5 excellent.

Pasture and range condition rated 13 percent very poor, 26 poor, 37 fair, 22 good, and 2 excellent. This condition was better than a year ago but below average. Cattle and calf condition rated 10 percent fair, 71 good, and 19 excellent. Spring calving was 90 percent complete with calf losses rated at average to below average.

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