Drought Continues

This past week has been similar to others for most of the state unfortunately. Little precipitation and above normal temperatures continue to wear on crops, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office. Some parts received over .25 inches however most of the state received less than .10 of rain. Drought damaged corn is continually being chopped for silage or cut for hay.

Temperatures averaged 4 degrees above normal for the week with highs reaching triple digits again in most of the state. The western part of the state reached the 50’s for a low while the east only reached a low in the 60’s.

95% of the corn across the state is silking, which is ahead of the average of 85%. 39% of the corn is in the dough stage compared with 17% average with 9% of the corn also being in the dent stage ahead of the 1% average. But corn conditions continue to decline with only 35% of the corn rated good to excellent, way below the average of 78%. Irrigated corn is rated 55% good to excellent while dryland is rated only 5%.

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