May 24, 2010 Crop Progress Update

Planting Virtually Complete
May 24, 2010

According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office corn planting was nearly complete at 96 percent statewide, two days behind compared to last year’s 97, but still on pace with the average. Corn emergence was 59 percent complete, which was behind last year’s 68 percent average.

Across the state temperatures for the week averaged 1 degree below normal, cooler temperatures at the beginning of the week gave way to warmer conditions by the week’s end. Most of the state experienced precipitation; however accumulations were light in the Northeast District which has only had two-thirds of normal rainfall since April 1.

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: Howells Clarkson FFA Chapter, Heartland FFA Chapter, Sumner Eddyville Miller FFA Chapter, and the Imperial FFA Chapter.

 Ag Facts

• A pound of corn consists of approximately 1,300 kernels. 100 bushels of corn produces approximately 7,280,000 kernels.
• An ear of corn averages 800 kernels in 16 rows.
• According to the USDA, a producer saves at least 3.5 gallons of fuel per acre by reducing tillage. On a farm with 1,000 acres of cropland, these savings add up to 3,500 gallons of diesel fuel per year.

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