Nebraska Crop Progress and Condition Report for last week in April

LINCOLN – For the week ending April 30, 2017, temperatures averaged eight to ten degrees below normal, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Significant rainfall of an inch or more was recorded across a majority of counties. Moderate snow, averaging two to four inches, was recorded in southcentral and northeastern counties at the end of the week. There were 3.3 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 3 percent very short, 10 short, 71 adequate, and 16 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 5 percent very short, 15 short, 75 adequate, and 5 surplus.

Field Crops Report: Corn planted was 34 percent, ahead of 25 last year, and near 30 for the five-year average. Emerged was 3 percent, near 6 last year and 4 average. Soybeans planted was 8 percent, ahead of 2 last year, and near 5 average. Winter wheat condition rated 2 percent very poor, 12 poor, 36 fair, 46 good, and 4 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 55 percent, behind 69 last year, but ahead of 39 average. Oats planted was 90 percent, near 86 last year and 89 average. Emerged was 56 percent, behind 68 last year and 62 average.

Livestock Report: Cattle and calf conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 9 fair, 76 good, and 14 excellent. Calving progress was 92 percent complete. Cattle and calf death loss rated 0 percent heavy, 63 average, and 37 light. Sheep and lamb conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 20 fair, 69 good, and 9 excellent. Sheep and lamb death loss rated 1 percent heavy, 70 average, and 29 light.

Hay and roughage supplies rated 1 percent very short, 4 short, 91 adequate, and 4 surplus. Stock water supplies rated 0 percent very short, 3 short, 96 adequate, and 1 surplus.