Lincoln, NE – For the week ending September 4, 2016, temperatures averaged two degrees below normal across the south and two degrees above normal in northern areas, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Precipitation of an inch was common across the southeast, with heavier amounts recorded in some southern counties. Central Nebraska remained mostly dry. Irrigation was winding down with soybeans being the main focus. Silage cutting was underway and the first fields of seed corn were being harvested. There were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 9 percent very short, 29 short, 59 adequate, and 3 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 8 percent very short, 30 short, 60 adequate, and 2 surplus.
Field Crops Report:
Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 20 fair, 58 good, and 16 excellent. Corn dented was 76 percent, ahead of 70 last year, and near the five-year average of 73. Mature was 8 percent, near 9 last year, and behind 13 average.
Sorghum condition rated 0 percent very poor, 0 poor, 16 fair, 64 good, and 20 excellent. Sorghum coloring was 89 percent, well ahead of 62 last year and 60 average. Mature was 12 percent, ahead of 2 last year and 1 average.
Soybeans condition rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 18 fair, 61 good, and 16 excellent. Soybeans dropping leaves was 16 percent, near 18 last year, but ahead of 9 average.
Winter wheat planted was 5 percent, near 1 last year, and equal to average.
Alfalfa condition rated 4 percent very poor, 3 poor, 18 fair, 62 good, and 13 excellent. Alfalfa third cutting was 96 percent, equal to last year, and near 92 average. Fourth cutting was 41 percent, near 38 last year, and ahead of 29 average.
Dry edible beans condition rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 33 fair, 56 good, and 8 excellent. Dry edible beans blooming was 99 percent. Setting pods was 97 percent, near 100 last year. Dropping leaves was 50 percent, behind 67 last year, but near 47 average. Harvested was 1 percent, equal to last year, and near 2 average.
Proso millet harvested was 10 percent, near 13 last year and 12 average.