July 18, 2011 Crop Progress Update

Corn Pollination Moves Along Because of Warm Weather
July 18, 2011

According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office, heat has pushed corn pollination along with about a third of the crop showing silked ears. Corn silked was at 34 percent, behind 55 percent last year and four days behind the 52 percent average. Currently, 59 percent of the corn is in good condition while 23 percent is in excellent condition. High winds have had an impact on corn stands and is being assessed in central and eastern counties. Farmers have been irrigating in many areas throughout the state due to warm and dry conditions.

Temperatures averaged 1 degree above normal this last week. Highs reached into the triple digits, but were mainly in the upper 90’s while lows were recorded in the 60’s. Rainfall accumulations of one to two inches were recorded in the northern two thirds of the state with isolated locations receiving higher amounts. The Southeast and Central Districts received limited amounts of rainfall.

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
• The largest corn yields in history all occurred in the last eight years.
• Researchers estimate that corn could yield 300 bushels by 2030.
• U.S. corn growers are meeting all needs, producing more corn each year than is needed.

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