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Some Nebraska Crops Lagging in Maturity
Nebraska Ag Connection - 09/12/2017

For the week ending Sunday, temperatures averaged near normal across western Nebraska, but two to six degrees below normal in the east, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Precipitation was scattered and limited. Seed corn harvest was underway. There were 6.9 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 11 percent very short, 33 short, 56 adequate, and 0 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 12 percent very short, 35 short, 53 adequate, and 0 surplus.

Corn condition rated 4 percent very poor, 8 poor, 24 fair, 47 good, and 17 excellent. Corn dented was 86 percent, near 87 last year and 85 for the five-year average. Mature was 18 percent, behind 25 last year and 27 average. Harvested was 2 percent, near 1 last year and 3 average.

Soybean condition rated 3 percent very poor, 7 poor, 27 fair, 51 good, and 12 excellent. Soybeans dropping leaves was 28 percent, near 27 last year and 25 average.

Winter wheat planted was 7 percent, behind 17 last year and 13 average.

Sorghum condition rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 29 fair, 50 good, and 18 excellent. Sorghum coloring was 84 percent, behind 94 last year, but ahead of 77 average. Mature was 15 percent, behind 21 last year, but ahead of 8 average.

Alfalfa condition rated 3 percent very poor, 10 poor, 31 fair, 44 good, and 12 excellent. Alfalfa fourth cutting was 57 percent complete, ahead of 50 last year and 47 average.

Dry edible beans condition rated 7 percent very poor, 17 poor, 16 fair, 44 good, and 16 excellent. Dry edible beans dropping leaves was 54 percent, well behind 74 last year, and behind 71 average. Harvested was 8 percent, behind 14 both last year and average.

Proso millet harvested was 5 percent, behind 12 last year and 24 average.

Pasture and range conditions rated 5 percent very poor, 18 poor, 47 fair, 27 good, and 3 excellent.

Stock water supplies rated 1 percent very short, 11 short, 88 adequate, and 0 surplus.

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