November 9, 2011 Crop Progress Update

Harvest Nearly Complete
November 9, 2011

According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office, harvest is nearly complete. Corn harvest was at 87 percent complete, which is one week behind last year’s 93 percent complete but fifteen days ahead of the 66 average. Harvest is mostly completed in the eastern half of the state but only halfway completed in the western part of the state.

Precipitation in the form of rain and snow did slow field operations over the last week but strong winds aided in drying field conditions. Producers that have finished harvest are now in the fields doing fall field work, which includes tillage and applying anhydrous ammonia. Soil temperatures ranged from the low 40’s in the panhandle to the upper 40’s in the eastern part of the state.

Temperatures for the week averaged 2 degrees below normal for most of the state but fell to 5 degrees below normal in the Panhandle. High temperatures reached the mid 70’s and lows dipped into the low teens in the western half of the state. Precipitation for the week was in both form of snow and rain. Snow fell in the western part of the state but very little accumulation was reported. Rain fell in the south and southeast part of the state on Thursday with less than one inch of rainfall being recorded.

The following photographs below were taken by the Howells/Clarkson FFA Chapter, representing district four. We would like to thank all of the FFA Chapters that participated in this year’s Crop Progress Report. You can see more crop progress photos on our online photo album.

Ag Facts:
• Ethanol that is made from corn burns cleaner in automobiles and also doesn’t pollute water resources.
• High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is the same type of sweetener as regular sugar but instead comes from corn.
• Corn producers produce an average of 9,000 pounds of corn per acre in the U.S.

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