August 31, 2011 Crop Progress Update

Corn Continues Advancing towards Maturity
August 31, 2011

According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office, warmer temperatures have continued to help the corn progress towards maturity. A majority of the state received little precipitation; however, storms across the East Central location brought damaging hail. Irrigation is beginning to slow down on corn where the majority of the crop is mostly dented.

Temperatures for the week averaged 4 degrees above normal in the east and 8 degrees above normal in the west. Highs were mainly in the 90’s but in the Southwestern part of the state, highs reached into the triple digits. Lows were recorded mainly in the 50’s. The Northeast and East Central part of the state received the majority of the precipitation in the state where the highest levels of accumulation was over 3 inches. Most of the west and south parts of the state remained dry.

Nebraska’s corn crop rated 77 percent good to excellent, while only 16 percent of the corn crop rated fair. This is below last year’s rating of 81 percent good to excellent, but above the 73 percent average. Irrigated corn rated 81 percent good to excellent and dryland corn rated 70. A majority of the state’s corn crop has entered into the dough stage, which stands at 93 percent, behind 98 last year but above the average of 92. Corn in the dent stage was 51 percent, behind 67 last year and behind the average of 61 with some fields of corn considered mature.

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
• Corn farmers in the U.S. produce 20% more corn than any other nation
• Increased corn yields mean more efficiency when it comes to how much nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium are used per bushel of corn grown
• Between 1987 and 2007, land use for growing corn was reduced by 37%

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