Corn Planting is Well Underway

Corn Planting is Well Underway
April 23, 2012

Field activities have picked up momentum in recent weeks but were slowed due to damp soils, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office.

Thanks to a drier winter and spring, corn planting has been able to get an earlier start compared to previous years. Soil temperatures ranged from the low 50’s in the northern part of the state to the upper 50’s across the southern part of the state. Corn was at 14 percent planted, ahead of 4 percent last year and the 9 percent average. Corn emerged was at 1 percent.

For the most part, temperatures averaged one degree below normal across the northern half of the state while temperatures were one degree above normal across the southern half of the state. Precipitation fell across much of the state with most areas receiving less than half an inch. A few counties in northern Nebraska ended up receiving over 1.5 inches of rain.

The following photographs were taken by Nebraska FFA Chapters, each representing the eight districts of the Nebraska Corn Board. They show the crop progress in each of the eight districts along with the differences across the state.

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