August 16, 2010 Crop Progress Update

Irrigation season coming to a close
According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office, corn condition is rated 57 percent good and 26 percent excellent, above 2009 ratings. Corn in the dough stage was at 80 percent compared to last week’s 54 percent. Corn in the dent stage was at 32 percent this week.

Temperature across the state averaged 2 degrees above normal with highs reaching over 100 and lows in the low 50’s. Limited rain fell across the state with the majority happening during the first part of the week.

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, Sumner Eddyville Miller FFA Chapter, and the Heartland FFA Chapter.

Ag Facts

• There are currently more than 4,200 uses for corn.
• 97% of all corn used at ethanol plants is not irrigated.
• Corn farmers contributed to the U.S. economy by exporting $13 billion worth of corn last year.

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