Lincoln, NE – For the week ending June 26, 2016, irrigation was in full swing as temperatures, which averaged two to six degrees above normal, were accompanied by mostly dry conditions, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Dryland crops were beginning to showing signs of stress as soil moisture supplies were drawn down. Rainfall totals of an inch or more were limited to parts of west central Nebraska and a few eastern counties. Row crops were developing quickly and the dry conditions allowed wheat harvest to progress in parts of the south. Ridge till operations and herbicide applications were major farm activities. There were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 5 percent very short, 32 short, 60 adequate, and 3 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 2 percent very short, 18 short, 77 adequate, and 3 surplus.

Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 18 fair, 65 good, and 14 excellent. Corn silking was 1 percent, equal to last year, and near the five-year average of 2.

Sorghum condition rated 0 percent very poor, 0 poor, 17 fair, 79 good, and 4 excellent. Sorghum emerged was 96 percent, ahead of 89 last year, but near 93 average.

Soybeans condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 20 fair, 66 good, and 12 excellent. Soybeans blooming was 8 percent, near 7 last year, and equal to the average.

Winter wheat condition rated 3 percent very poor, 9 poor, 25 fair, 50 good, and 13 excellent. Winter wheat coloring was 90 percent, ahead of 80 last year and 71 average. Harvested was at 4 percent, near 1 last year, but behind 9 average.

Oats condition rated 1 percent very poor, 1 poor, 25 fair, 66 good, and 7 excellent. Oats headed was 94 percent, ahead of 88 last year and 84 average. Coloring was 49 percent, well ahead of 22 last year.

Alfalfa condition rated 3 percent very poor, 3 poor, 12 fair, 67 good, and 15 excellent. Alfalfa second cutting was 12 percent, near 11 last year, but behind 22 average.

Dry edible beans condition rated 0 percent very poor, 0 poor, 28 fair, 57 good, and 15 excellent. Dry edible beans emerged was 94 percent, well ahead of 70 last year, and ahead of 82 average.

Proso millet planted was 93 percent, well ahead of 69 last year, and ahead of 79 average.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 16 fair, 67 good, and 14 excellent.
Stock water supplies rated 0 percent very short, 4 short, 93 adequate, and 3 surplus.

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