May 9, 2011 Crop Progress Update

Corn planting over half completed
May 9, 2011

Favorable conditions allowed producers to make significant progress planting spring crops, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office.

Substantial corn planting occurred during the week with 57 percent planted and progress now near the five-year average of 62 percent. However, this is well behind last year’s 74 percent. Corn emergence was 4 percent compared to 14 last year and 12 average.

High temperatures for the week occurred on Sunday and reached the low 90’s. Freezing temperatures were reported early in the week with lows in the mid 20’s. Temperatures averaged 2 degrees below normal across the northern half of the state and were near normal elsewhere. Only trace amounts of precipitation fell across the state. Strong winds were once again prevalent.

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

• America’s corn farmers exported $9 billion worth of corn last year – one of the few American products with a trade surplus. Source: USDA
• A recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture noted corn-based ethanol has a net energy ratio of 2.3 to 1, meaning for every unit of energy it takes to make ethanol, 2.3 units of energy are produced as ethanol.

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