LINCOLN, NE-- For the month of January 2014, dry weather conditions caused soil moisture supplies to decrease throughout the month. Several days with very strong winds also contributed to the dry conditions. The lack of snow allowed cattle to continue grazing corn stalks. Producers were busy feeding livestock, hauling grain, and performing maintenance. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 16 percent very short, 44 short, 40 adequate, and 0 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 18 percent very short, 38 short, 44 adequate, and 0 surplus.
Field Crops Report: Winter wheat condition rated 3 percent very poor, 15 poor, 36 fair, 40 good, and
Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Stock water supplies rated 6 percent very short, 12 short, 82 adequate, and 0 surplus.
Hay and forage supplies rated 1 percent very short, 4 short, 91 adequate, and 4 surplus.
Cattle and calf condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 10 fair, 83 good, and 6 excellent.
Cattle and calf losses rated 4 percent below average, 91 average, and 5 above average.
Sheep and lamb condition rated 0 percent very poor, 0 poor, 6 fair, 94 good, and 0 excellent.
Sheep and lamb losses rated 3 percent below average, 94 average, and 3 above average.
Data for this news release were provided at the county level by USDA Farm Service Agency and UNL Extension Service.
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