May 23, 2011 Crop Progress Update

Corn planting nearly complete
May 23, 2011

According to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office significant rainfall and below average temperatures were again recorded across the state for the week ending May 22, 2011.  Dry conditions during the first half of the week allowed corn planting to advance to near completion at 94 percent, compare to 84 percent completed last week and 95 percent for both last year and the five-year average.

Crop and pasture conditions improved with the recent rains.  However, heavy rains caused localized flooding and soil erosion in isolated areas.  Corn emergence was at 55 percent, compared to 21 percent last year and the 61 percent average.

Temperatures for the week were mostly in the 70’s with a few locations reaching the 80’s.  Lows recorded were mostly in the 30’s but dipped below freezing in parts of the west.  Precipitation fell later in the week with districts averaging from 1 inch to over 2.5 inches.

Nationally, USDA said 79 percent of the corn crop is planted, another good push from last week’s 63 percent but still behind the five-year average of 87 percent planted. USDA also said that 45% of the nation’s corn has emerged, improving from last year’s 21 percent, but yet again, still behind the 59 percent five-year average.

The following photographs were taken by Nebraska FFA Chapters, each representing the eight districts of the Nebraska Corn Board. 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

  • Nebraska agriculture contributes over $15 billion to Nebraska’s economy each year.
  • America’s ethanol plants will create 33 million metric tons of distillers grain this year. How much is this?
    • Equivalent to the total amount of grain fed to cattle in the U.S. feedlots each year. (Source: Renewable Fuels Association)
    • Enough cattle feed to provide every person in America four quarter-pound hamburgers every week for a year. (Source: American Coalition for Ethanol)

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