May 10, 2010 Crop Progress Update

Corn Emergence
May 10, 2010

According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office corn planting is 78 percent complete statewide, a day ahead compared to last year’s 74 percent and 4 days ahead of the 65 percent 5 year average. Corn emergence was 16 percent complete, which was near last year’s 17 percent.

Across the state highs ranged from the upper 60s to mid 80s with the average 7 degrees below normal for the week. Panhandle experienced temperatures dipping into the teens. Most of the state experienced precipitation with the Southeast district reported close to an inch of moisture.

The following photographs 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. This week the following FFA Chapter’s participated, respectively: Holdrege FFA Chapter, Howells Clarkson FFA Chapter, Heartland FFA Chapter, Sumner Eddyville Miller FFA Chapter, and the Imperial FFA Chapter.

Ag Facts

• According to the USDA one acre of corn removes about 8 tons of carbon dioxide from the air in a growing season, and – at 180 bushels per acre – produces enough oxygen to supply a year’s need for 131 people.
• In 2009, U.S. corn growers produced 461 percent more corn than in 1939 on 2 percent less acreage.
• There are more than 4,200 different uses for corn products and more are being found each day. These range from aspirin to shaving cream, from latex paint to disposable diapers.

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