Nebraska Crop Progress and Condition Report released for first week in May

LINCOLN – For the week ending May 7, 2017, temperatures averaged one to two degrees below normal, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Rainfall was limited to half an inch or less across most of the State. Dry weather allowed planting and other field activities to continue at week’s end. Producers started to move cows and calves to pastures. There were 3.3 days suitable for fieldwork.

Topsoil moisture supplies rated 3 percent very short, 8 short, 81 adequate, and 8 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 6 percent very short, 12 short, 76 adequate, and 6 surplus.

Field Crops Report: Corn planted was 48 percent, near 49 last year, and behind 55 for the five-year average. Emerged was 10 percent, near 14 last year, and behind 15 average.

Soybeans planted was 13 percent, near 11 last year, but behind 18 average.

Winter wheat condition rated 2 percent very poor, 15 poor, 47 fair, 31 good, and 5 excellent. Winter wheat jointed was 77 percent, near 80 last year, but ahead of 58 average. Headed was 1 percent, behind 9 both last year and average.

Sorghum planted was 5 percent, near 4 last year and 8 average.

Oats condition rated 0 percent very poor, 0 poor, 9 fair, 88 good, and 3 excellent. Oats planted was 94 percent, ahead of 89 last year, and near 93 average. Emerged was 76 percent, near 78 last year and 73 average. Jointed was 1 percent.

Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 19 fair, 72 good, and 8 excellent.

Stock water supplies rated 1 percent very short, 4 short, 93 adequate, and 2 surplus.