April 26, 2010 Crop Progress

Planting has Begun
April 26, 2010

According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office corn planting has begun in much of Nebraska. The eastern third of the state began but then was stalled by the rain. Statewide 23 percent of the crop is planted, which is above the five year average of 15 percent.

The highs of 70 in most locations and lows in the 30’s allowed the temperatures for the week ending April 25, 2010 to average one degree above normal in Nebraska. Precipitation occurred across the state with some areas receiving as much as two inches.

The following photographs were taken by Nebraska FFA Chapters, each representing the eight districts. They show the crop progress in each area and illustrate the differences in progress across Nebraska. This week the following FFA Chapter’s participated, respectively: Holdrege FFA Chapter, Howells Clarkson FFA Chapter, NorrisFFA Chapter, Heartland FFA Chapter and the Imperial FFA Chapter.

Ag Facts

• Corn farmers have reduced total fertilizer use by 10 percent since 1980. An increase in yields has allowed fertilizer needed to grow a bushel of corn to be cut by 36% in this time period.
• In 2009, the number of acres planted to corn in the United States was 86.482 million acres. Nebraska planted 9.150 million acres.
• The United States produces about 40 percent of the world’s corn – using only 20 percent of the total area harvested in the world.

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