Moisture Levels Continue to Improve

Rain across most of the state combined with above average temperatures to boost the growth of crops this past week. Some portions of the state recorded 2 or more inches of rainfall but most totals were less than that. A high number of storms popped up throughout Nebraska but most were extremely localized. There were reports of hail damage in a number of counties and high winds made herbicide application challenging.

Temperatures were 3 to 5 degrees above normal in the east and south parts of the state but were near normal elsewhere. Statewide there was 5.7 days considered suitable for fieldwork.

Topsoil moisture rated 33 percent short/very short, 65 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. This is well above the moisture ratings from last year. However very short moisture conditions continue to exist in parts of South Central, Southwest, and Northweastern Nebraska. Subsoil moisture supplies ranked 54 percent short/very short, and 46 percent adequate.

Corn condiditons rated 3 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 60 percent good, and 15 percent excellent.

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