August 15, 2011 Crop Progress Update

Cooler Temps Brings Relief to Corn Crop
August 15, 2011

According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office, below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation brought some relief to the high heat and humidity that made for challenging growing conditions. Certain areas across the state experienced storms that brought high winds, large hail, and heavy rain that damaged crops. Rains and fungicide and insecticide applications allowed farmers to take a break from irrigating.

Nebraska’s corn conditions rated 75% good to excellent. Irrigated corn rated 79% good to excellent while dryland corn rated 71%. Corn in dough stage was at 58%, behind last year’s rate of 76% and the average of 70%. Corn entering the dent stage is at 10 percent, while the average is usually 22% by this time.

For the most part, temperatures ranged from 2 to 7 degrees below normal. Most areas across the state experienced temperatures in the low 90’s, while lows were recorded in the low 50’s. A majority of the state received above normal rainfall for the week with the highest levels of precipitation being accumulated in the North Central and East Central Districts with certain locations receiving over 3 inches rain. The Panhandle and a few central counties received little to no 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.


Ag Facts:
• Recent research shows that estimates for the energy balance of corn-based ethanol are 2-3 times more favorable than previous estimates.
• Amount of land used to produce one bushel of corn has gone down by 37%.
• By using new tillage methods, corn farmers have reduced soil erosion over the past two decades by 44%.

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