July 5, 2011 Crop Progress Update

Corn Growth Boosted by Warm Temps and Sunshine
July 5, 2011

According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office, sunshine and warm temperatures have boosted crop growth throughout the state of Nebraska. Some corn farmers across the state have begun irrigating because of dry conditions. Corn conditions rated 60% good and 25% excellent.

The temperatures have averaged 1 degree lower than normal. Highs reached triple digits across much of the state and lows were recorded in the 40’s and 50’s. All districts received rain with the largest accumulations being recorded in the Northeast and Southeast Districts and the smallest accumulations being recorded in the Southwest District.

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
• In 2010, 37% of the corn crop was fed to livestock
• Farmers in Nebraska planted 10 million acres of corn in 2011
• Water used to grow a bushel of corn has been reduced by 27%

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