Nebraska Makes Strides In Planting

Clear skies and record temperatures allowed Nebraska farmers plant a lot of corn and soybeans. Nebraska corn farmers put in 41 percent of the crop in one week. In the weekly crop progress report from the National Agricultural Statistics Services reports Nebraska's corn planting is 84 percent complete. That remains behind last year's 97 and 92 average. Twenty six percent of the corn crop has emerged.

Nationally 71 percent of the crop has been planted. That's eight points behind the five year average.

Nebraska farmers planted one third of the state's soybean crop. That's behind last year's 80 and 58 average. Only two percent of the soybean crop has emerged, well behind last year's 39 and 16 average.

Nationally 24 percent of the soybean has been planted. That's behind the five year average of 42.

Sorghum planted is 10 percent complete, behind 44 last year and 28 average. Last week Nebraska producers had 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork.

Nearly have of Nebraska's wheat crop rates in poor to very poor condition, 40 percent in fair condition and 11 percent in good condition. Wheat jointed is at 61percent and one percent of the state's crop has headed. Development remains well-behind last year and the five year average.

Nebraska oat planting is all but complete. Eighty one percent of the crop has emerged. The state's oat crop is rating in 12 percent poor to very poor condition, 44 percent fair, 42 good and 2 percent excellent.

The state's pasture and range remains in tough shape. NASS reports 69 percent rates in poor to very poor condition, 26 fair, 5 good and none is in excellent condition.

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