October 26, 2011 Crop Progress Update

Corn Harvest Reaches Halfway Point
October 26, 2011

According to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office, corn harvest has reached the half way point. Freezing temperatures in many areas across the state ended the growing season and promoted the dry down of crops that still need to be harvested. In certain locations, field work has begun on harvested fields.

Temperatures for the last week averaged seven degrees below normal resulting in the first hard freeze of the year. Temperatures reached into the 70’s and lows were reported in the lower 20’s. Very little rain fell throughout the past week resulting in accumulations less than a quarter of an inch in many locations.

The state’s corn conditions rated 78 percent good to excellent, near 75 percent good to excellent last week. Irrigated corn conditions rated 78 percent good to excellent and dryland corn rated 74. A majority of the corn has reached maturity, with rating of 97 percent, which is below last year’s average but ahead of the 94 average for most years. Corn harvest was at 49 percent, well behind 71 percent completed last year but ahead of the 39 average for most years.

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:
• An average ear of corn has 800 kernels in 16 rows.
• Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, and Minnesota account for 50 percent of the corn grown in the U.S.
• The U.S. farmer today feeds 155 people.

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