For the week ending June 2, triple digit temperatures in central and southwestern counties, combined with limited precipitation, intensified the severe drought conditions in western counties, according to the Nebraska Agricultural Statistics Service.
The above normal temperatures boosted development of crops in eastern Nebraska and irrigated crops statewide.
Producers activities included spraying and cultivating for weed control.
Temperatures averaged seven to 11 degrees above normals, with record highs set in a number of counties. Precipitation was scattered across the state and ranged from traces to over two inches in the southeast and other isolated areas.
Corn planting was virtually complete, at 99%, slightly behind last year and average. Warmer temperatures last week improved crop development, with 89% of the acreage emerged, behind last year's 94%, and the average of 93%. Condition of the crop rated 3% very poor, 8% poor, 33% fair 47% good and 9% excellent, lower than last year and average.
Soybean planting progressed to 90% complete, ahead of last years 86%. FIfty-eight percent of the crop was emerged, near 54% last year and 60% average.
Sorghum planting reached 66% complete but lagged behind last year at 70%, and average, at 76%. Emergence was noted on 27% of the acreage, behind last year, at 41%, and average, at 44%.
Wheat condition declined again last week and rated 31% very poor, 31% poor, 26% fair, 10% good and 2% excellent, well below last year and average. Statewide, 67% had headed, ahead of last year's 57% and behind average, at 71%. A few fields have begun to show color along the southern districts.
Oat fields were 11% headed, behind last year and average. Condition was rated 9% very poor, 14% poor, 29% fair, 43% good and 5% excellent.
Dry bean planting progressed to 43% complete, ahead of 29% last year and 35% average. Fourteen percent of the crop was emerged, ahead of last year's 6% and average of 9%.
Proso millet was being planted in dry soils with 22% seeded to date.
Alfalfa condition declined and rated 5% very poor, 16% poor, 36% fair, 37% good and 6% excellent. Statewide, 40% had been cut by week's end, behind the 46% last year but ahead of 37% average.
Pasture and range conditions continued below average and rated 18% very poor, 20% poor, 33% fair, 28% good and 1% excellent. Poorest conditions continued in the Panhandle and southwest districts, where over three-fourths of the pastures were in poor or very poor condition.
Timely rains and warmer temperatures remain a necessity to obtain good grass growth,
Some supplemental feeding has been occurring.