Corn Planted at 85%

For the week ending May 17, 2015, precipitation during the last half of the week limited fieldwork, according to the USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service. Rainfall of one inch or more was redo1common, except for portions of northeast and southwest Nebraska, which received lesser amounts. Lowland flooding was again reported in southeastern counties where fieldwork was at a standstill. Temperatures were cool, averaging two to four degrees below normal. There were 2.4 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 6 percent very short, 10 short, 67 adequate, and 17 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 7 percent very short, 18 short, 65 adequate, and 10 surplus.

Corn planted was at 85 percent, near 89 last year and 87 for the five-year average. Emerged was at 54 percent, ahead of 39 last year and 40 average.

Data for this news release were provided at the county level by USDA Farm Service Agency and UNL Extension Service.

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