July 21, 2015

Corn Silking Ahead at 63%

Photo Courtesy of Heartland FFA Chapter
For the week ending July 19, 2015, temperatures averaged two to three degrees above normal across much of the State, with widespread precipitation reported, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Rainfall totals of two inches or more were recorded in portions of central and northeast Nebraska, with lesser amounts elsewhere. The hot, humid conditions continued to boost crop development, but stressed livestock. Wheat harvest was near completion in southern counties, and was active in the Panhandle.

There were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 5 percent very short, 23 short, 66 adequate, and 6 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 5 percent very short, 19 short, 72 adequate, and 4 surplus. Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 21 fair, 57 good, and 16 excellent. Corn silking was at 63 percent, ahead of 58 last year and the five-year average of 57. Pasture and range conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 5 poor, 21 fair, 60 good, and 12 excellent. Stock water supplies rated 2 percent very short, 8 short, 88 adequate, and 2 surplus.

Photo Courtesy of David City FFA Chapter
Data for this news release were provided at the county level by USDA Farm Service Agency and Nebraska Extension.

Access the High Plains Region Climate Center for Temperature and Precipitation Maps HERE.

Access the U.S. Drought Monitor HERE.

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