For the week ending August 2, 2015, most of Nebraska received one inch of rain or less, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The lack of rainfall contributed to dry land stress in some areas, although irrigated crops continued to fare well. Temperatures averaged near-normal.
Photo Courtesy of Shickley FFA Chapter
There were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 6 percent very short, 26 short, 64 adequate, and 4 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 6 percent very short, 22 short, 69 adequate, and 3 surplus. Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 19 fair, 57 good, and 18 excellent. Corn silking was at 94 percent, near 93 for both last year and the five-year average. Dough was at 23 percent, behind 39 last year and 33 average.
Photo Courtesy of Imperial 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.