September 26, 2011 Crop Progress Update

High Moisture Slows the Start of Corn Harvest
September 28, 2011

According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office, corn harvest has been slow due to high moisture corn. However, drier conditions have helped harvest pick up momentum. Corn crop conditions rated 76 percent good to excellent, below 81 percent good to excellent last year but near the 76 average. Irrigated corn conditions rated 79 percent good to excellent while dryland corn rated 69. Corn mature was at 52 percent, well behind last year’s 74 percent and the 57 average. Corn harvest was at 6 percent, behind 9 percent last year but equal to the average. Nebraska has yet to see a statewide hard freeze occur, but frost was reported in certain parts of the state. Harvest of corn silage, high moisture corn, and seed corn are starting to wind down due to the drier weather conditions.

Temperatures for the week averaged 4 to 8 degrees below normal for the eastern half of the state and from near normal to 4 degrees below normal for the western half. Highs were in the 80’s and lows were recorded in the 30’s. Most areas across the state saw very little rain during the last couple of weeks. The Southeast part of the state had the highest accumulation of near one tenth of an inch in precipitation. The majority of the state remained dry.

The following photographs below 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. See more photos on our online photo album.

Ag Facts
• In 2010, Nebraska farmers produced 1.47 billion bushels of corn.
• A U.S. farmer can feed up to 155 people.
• 99% of the corn grown in Nebraska is used to feed livestock or goes into ethanol production

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