Lincoln, NE – For the week ending June 19, 2016, hot conditions continued as temperatures averaged six to nine degrees above normal, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Some relief to dry soil conditions was received with rainfall amounts of an inch or more reported across much of the State. Irrigation was active as a large area of south central Nebraska remained dry. The heat and humidity boosted row crop development and wheat was rapidly turning color in southern counties. Livestock in confined areas were stressed as temperatures reached the upper 90’s. There were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 3 percent very short, 27 short 66 adequate, and 4 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 1 percent very short, 15 short, 79 adequate, and 5 surplus.
Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 18 fair, 65 good, and 14 excellent.
Sorghum condition rated 0 percent very poor, 0 poor, 17 fair, 79 good, and 4 excellent. Sorghum emerged was 85 percent, ahead of 69 last year and 78 average.
Soybeans condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 21 fair, 65 good, and 12 excellent. Soybeans emerged was 96 percent, ahead of 84 last year, and near 94 average.
Winter wheat condition rated 3 percent very poor, 9 poor, 26 fair, 50 good, and 12 excellent. Winter wheat headed was 99 percent, equal to last year, and near 96 average. Coloring was 62 percent, near 58 last year, but ahead of 49 average.
Oats condition rated 1 percent very poor, 1 poor, 25 fair, 65 good, and 8 excellent. Oats jointed was 97 percent, near 94 last year. Headed was 76 percent, ahead of 70 both last year and average. Coloring was 25 percent, well ahead of 2 last year.
Alfalfa condition rated 2 percent very poor, 3 poor, 11 fair, 69 good, and 15 excellent. Alfalfa first cutting was 95 percent, well ahead of 70 last year, and ahead of 80 average.
Dry edible beans condition rated 0 percent very poor, 0 poor, 28 fair, 60 good, and 12 excellent. Dry edible beans planted was 96 percent, ahead of 82 last year and 90 average. Emerged was 67 percent, well ahead of 43 last year, and ahead of 57 average.
Proso millet planted was 65 percent, well ahead of 41 last year, but equal to average.
Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 1 poor, 15 fair, 68 good, and 15 excellent.
Stock water supplies rated 0 percent very short, 4 short, 93 adequate, and 3 surplus.
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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-06-20-2016.pdf