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Nebraskans Welcome Hot, Dry, Windy Weather
Nebraska Ag Connection - 06/14/2016

For the week ending Sunday, hot, dry, and windy conditions dried soils and allowed most of the remaining acres to be planted, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Rainfall was limited to what fell on Sunday in central and western areas. Amounts varied, but totals were less than an inch in most areas. Temperatures averaged six to eight degrees above normal. Field activities included herbicide application and haying. Wheat was coloring in southern areas. Livestock in confined areas were stressed as temperatures reached the upper 90's. There were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 2 percent very short, 23 short, 70 adequate, and 5 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 0 percent very short, 12 short, 82 adequate, and 6 surplus.

Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 18 fair, 67 good, and 12 excellent. Corn emerged was 99 percent, near 95 last year and the five-year average of 97.

Sorghum condition rated 0 percent very poor, 0 poor, 15 fair, 81 good, and 4 excellent. Sorghum planted was 98 percent, well ahead of 74 last year, and ahead of 90 average. Emerged was 71 percent, well ahead of 43 last year, and ahead of 60 average.

Soybeans condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 19 fair, 69 good, and 10 excellent. Soybeans planted was 97 percent, ahead of 89 last year, and near 96 average. Emerged was 84 percent, ahead of 73 last year, and near 86 average.

Winter wheat condition rated 2 percent very poor, 9 poor, 25 fair, 52 good, and 12 excellent. Winter wheat headed was 89 percent, near 92 last year and 87 average. Coloring was 37 percent, ahead of 25 last year and 26 average.

Oats condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 20 fair, 71 good, and 8 excellent. Oats jointed was 88 percent, near 87 last year. Headed was 61 percent, ahead of 50 both last year and average.

Alfalfa condition rated 2 percent very poor, 3 poor, 10 fair, 70 good, and 15 excellent. Alfalfa first cutting was 81 percent, well ahead of 50 last year and 61 average.

Dry edible beans planted was 88 percent, well ahead of 52 last year and 67 average. Emerged was 20 percent, ahead of 11 last year, but behind 25 average.

Proso millet planted was 34 percent, well ahead of 14 last year, but behind 40 average.

Pasture and range conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 13 fair, 71 good, and 15 excellent. Stock water supplies rated 0 percent very short, 3 short, 92 adequate, and 5 surplus.

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