LINCOLN, NE, April 5, 2016 – For the week ending April 3, 2016, temperatures varied widely throughout Nebraska, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Parts of the Panhandle experienced below normal temperatures, while large portions of eastern Nebraska experienced temperatures up to five degrees above normal. Precipitation, consisting of both snow and rain, covered the northern two thirds of the State. The wet conditions inhibited fieldwork activities. There were 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 4 percent very short, 16 short, 76 adequate, and 4 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 3 percent very short, 17 short, 76 adequate, and 4 surplus.
Field Crops Report: Winter wheat condition rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 37 fair, 51 good, and
Oats planted was at 20 percent, behind 33 last year and 26 for the five-year average.
Livestock Report: Cattle and calf conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 8 fair, 75 good, and
16 excellent. Calving was 64 percent complete. Cattle and calf death loss rated 1 percent heavy, 67 average, and 32 light.
Sheep and lamb conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 0 poor, 10 fair, 84 good, and 6 excellent. Sheep and lamb death loss rated 0 percent heavy, 75 average, and 25 light.
Hay and roughage supplies rated 0 percent very short, 5 short, 90 adequate, and 5 surplus.
Stock water supplies rated 1 percent very short, 4 short, 94 adequate, and 1 surplus.