Lincoln, NE – For the week ending June 5, 2016, temperatures averaged a few degrees above normal in eastern areas and near normal in the west, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Rainfall was limited to half an inch or less across most of the State. Field activities picked up as producers were able to get back into fields. Soybean planting was active, although wet spots remained in low lying areas. Alfalfa harvest was widespread as clear skies provided good drying weather. Wheat diseases were again noted in western counties. There were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 1 percent very short, 6 short, 85 adequate, and 8 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very short, 3 short, 87 adequate, and 10 surplus.
Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 20 fair, 67 good, and 11 excellent. Corn emerged was 90 percent, near 87 last year and the five-year average of 91.
Sorghum planted was 85 percent, well ahead of 58 last year, and ahead of 74 average. Emerged was 41 percent, ahead of 29 last year, and near 38 average.
Soybeans condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 20 fair, 69 good, and 9 excellent. Soybeans planted was 91 percent, ahead of 80 last year, but equal to average. Emerged was 64 percent, ahead of 54 last year, but behind 70 average.
Winter wheat condition rated 2 percent very poor, 8 poor, 26 fair, 52 good, and 12 excellent. Winter wheat headed was 86 percent, ahead of 80 last year and 70 average. Coloring was 10 percent, near 7 last year, but behind 15 average.
Oats condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 21 fair, 71 good, and 7 excellent. Oats jointed was 70 percent, behind 75 last year. Headed was 35 percent, equal to last year, and ahead of 30 average.
Alfalfa condition rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 11 fair, 70 good, and 16 excellent. Alfalfa first cutting was 64 percent, well ahead of 32 last year and 42 average.
Dry edible beans planted was 48 percent, well ahead of 18 last year, and ahead of 36 average.
Proso millet planted was 3 percent.
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Data for this news release were provided at the county level by USDA Farm Service Agency and UNL Extension Service.
Access the National publication for Crop Progress and Condition tables at: http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/usda/nass/CropProg/2010s/2016/CropProg-06-06-2016.pdf
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