LINCOLN, NE- For the week ending May 10, 2015, rain fell statewide with an inch common in central counties and two or more inches of moisture recorded in many eastern and western areas, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Rainfall of six to ten inches was received in portions of the Southeast, resulting in lowland flooding and soil erosion. Replanting was expected. Up to two feet of snow fell in portions of the northern Panhandle over the weekend, stressing livestock. Planting progress slowed due to the wet soil conditions, but were still ahead of average for most crops. There were 2.8 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 6 percent very short, 17 short, 64 adequate, and 13 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 8 percent very short, 23 short, 63 adequate, and 6 surplus.

Field Crops Report: Corn planted was at 76 percent, near 72 last year, but ahead of the five-year average of 67.

Sorghum planted was at 23 percent, ahead of 9 last year and average.

Soybeans planted was at 25 percent, behind 32 last year, but near the 27 average.

Winter wheat condition rated 13 percent very poor, 18 poor, 33 fair, 33 good, and 3 excellent. Winter wheat jointed rated 84 percent complete, well ahead of 51 last year and 55 average.

Oats condition rated 2 percent very poor, 9 poor, 27 fair, 61 good, and 1 excellent. Oats emerged was at 91 percent, ahead of 81 last year and 74 average. Jointed was at 25 percent, well ahead of 3 last year.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 6 percent very poor, 10 poor, 37 fair, 42 good, and 5 excellent.

Stock water supplies rated 4 percent very short, 10 short, 84 adequate, and 2 surplus.


Data for this news release were provided at the county level by USDA Farm Service Agency and UNL Extension Service.

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