Nebraska

Temperatures averaged from one to five degrees below normals, with many recorded lows in the teens.

Light scattered precipitation was recorded over portions of north central and southeast Nebraska. Amounts recorded were often less than three-tenths of an inch.

Weather conditions were mostly dry this week, allowing producers to continue wrap up of fall harvest activities, according to the Nebraska Agricultural Statistics Service Oct. 16.

Corn harvest was least advanced in the southwestern and Panhandle districts, while nearly complete in southeastern counties.

Precipitation did little to improve depleted subsoil moisture levels.

In the west, sugar beet harvest was active. Only a few fields of dry beans are yet to be combined.

Corn harvest was 81% complete, compared to 47% last year and three weeks ahead of 33% average. Many producers were expected to complete harvest next week. However, harvest progress in the Panhandle had not yet reached the half way mark, as many producers focused on sugar beet harvest. Irrigated corn moisture was dropping in the north central counties.

Soybean harvest moved to 83% complete, compared with 81% last year and 68% average. About 25% of the acreage remains to be harvested in the southwestern and northeastern counties.

Sorghum was 86% harvested, compared to 32% last year and 33% average.

Wheat seeding neared completion. Emergence, at 82%, has been slow, compared to 86% last year and average. In some areas, producers were reseeding, due to poor emergence. Additional soil moisture was needed to sustain growth and establish the crop for the winter months.

Dry bean harvest was nearing completion in most areas.

Pasture and range condition rated 53% very poor, 31% poor, 14% fair and 2% good. Producers were moving cattle to harvested stalk fields as soon as combining was complete.

Hay and forage supplies rated 14% very short, 33% short, 52% adequate and 1% surplus. The shortest conditions existed in the western half of the state.

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