August 1, 2011 Crop Progress Update

Above Normal Temperatures Impacts Crops
August 1, 2011

According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office, Nebraska’s corn crop was 77 percent good to excellent. Irrigated corn conditions rated 80 percent good to excellent while dryland corn rated 74 percent. Corn silked was 89 percent, behind 94 percent last year and the average being 90 percent. Only 17 percent of Nebraska’s corn crop is in the dough stage, which is behind 25 percent last year and average.

Above normal temperatures and high humidity has kept many corn farmers busy irrigating across much of the state. Aerial applications of fungicides and insecticides were occurring where needed.

Temperatures averaged 3 degrees above normal. Highs reached triple digits, but were mainly in the mid to upper 90’s while the lows were recorded mostly in the 60’s. Rainfall was highest in the Southeast District and the Panhandle received only a trace of moisture.

The following photographs below 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. See more photos on our online photo album.

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