Cooler Temperatures but Little Rain

In the last week temperatures have cooled but still little to no precipitation meaning continuing decline of crop conditions. Drought damaged corn fields continue to be chopped for silage and baled for hay. A few fields have even been harvested for grain in some southeastern counties, but that was limited.

Light rain has fallen in all districts in the last week, with amounts averaging less than 1/3 of an inch. A few places in Central and East Central districts received over 1 inch, regardless most places continue to irrigate their corn. According to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office temperatures were 1 degree above normal in the Northwest and Southwest while 2 degrees below normal for the rest of the state. Highs reached triple digits with lows mostly in the low 50’s in most parts of the state.

86% of corn is in the dough stage, compared to 51% last year, 11 days ahead of the 58% average. 51% of corn is in the dent stage with 6% of it in the maturity stage, compared to 0% last year and average. Corn conditions this week are estimated 31% good to excellent which is well below the 77% average. Irrigated corn conditions rated 51% good to excellent with dryland corn rated 2%.

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