Harvest Underway

This last week has brought cooler temperatures along with some precipitation across the southeastern third of the state. Rain fell late last week in Southeast and East Ccentral Nebraska with amounts over 1 inch recorded. However Northern and Wwestern counties remained dry. Temperatures averaged 2 degrees above normal across the Panhandle and North Central counties and near normal elsewhere. Highs were generally in the mid 90’s and low’s in the mid 40’s according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field office .

Harvest of dry land corn has increased across the Ssoutheast and portions of East Central Nebraska. Drought damaged corn fields continue to be chopped for silage where moisture is still high enough. Irrigation was in the last stages in most areas of the state.

Corn in the dent stage has reached 82% percent across the state, ahead of the 52% average. 4% of corn is already being harvested for grain compared to 0% average with 31% rated good to excellent well below 77% on average. Irrigated corn conditions rated 52% good to excellent with dry land reaching only 3%.

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