Nebraska's soybean harvest two weeks ahead of average at 84% complete, but corn slightly behind average with 30% harvested, USDA says; winter wheat 95% seeded

LINCOLN, Nebraska , October 18, 2011 (press release) – Agricultural Summary: For the week ending October 16, 2011, soybean harvest remained the focus of field activities with progress on pace with last year and two weeks ahead of average, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Corn and sorghum harvest continued to advance with progress near average. Some producers in central counties who were kept out of fields last week due to heavy rains were able to return to harvest late in the week. Sugarbeet harvest was in full swing while dry bean and proso millet harvests were winding down. Seeding of the wheat crop neared completion with most of the crop having emerged. Cattle were being moved to stalks as fields became available.

Weather Summary: Temperatures for the week averaged near normal in the west but 1 to 3 degrees above normal in the east. High temperatures reached the 80’s and lows were mainly in the 30’s. Most of the rain during the week fell in the eastern half of the state. The Central and East Central Districts received the most rain while Panhandle and South West Districts were relatively dry.

Winter Wheat seeded was 95 percent, near 98 last year and 96 average. Wheat emerged was 85 percent, ahead of 79 last year and 80 average.

Sorghum conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 17 fair, 59 good, and 19 excellent, near 77 percent good to excellent last week. Sorghum mature was 91 percent, near 93 last year but ahead of 84 average. Sorghum harvested was 21 percent, behind 26 last year but ahead of 19 average.

Proso Millet harvest was 90 percent, near 92 last year but ahead of 83 average.

Dry Beans harvest was 96 percent, near 98 last year and 95 average.

The fourth cutting of alfalfa was at 95 percent, ahead of 90 last year and 91 average.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 2 percent very poor, 5 poor, 18 fair, 55 good, and 20 excellent, near 74 percent good to excellent last week. Irrigated corn conditions rated 81 percent good to excellent and dryland corn rated 70. Corn mature was 93 percent, behind 99 last year but ahead of 90 average. Corn harvest was at 30 percent, behind 47 last year but near 28 average.

Soybean harvest was at 84 percent, near 86 last year but well ahead of 67 average.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 9 poor, 28 fair, 55 good, and 7 excellent, below last year’s 70 percent good to excellent but above 56 average.

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