Eighteen percent of the nation’s corn crop was mature as of Sep. 4 and 12% of the soybeans were dropping leaves, according to USDA’s latest Crop Progress report released Tuesday due to Monday’s Labor Day holiday. That’s two percentage points behind the five-year average for corn and equal to average for soybeans.
Seventy six percent of the corn is in the dent stage, compared to 60% last week, 71% last year and a 69% average. Corn condition fell slightly to 74% good to excellent, compared to 75% last week.
Soybeans were 97% setting pods, compared to 94% last week, 95% last year and 97% for the five-year average. Soybean condition ratings held steady at 73% good to excellent.
Sorghum was 74% coloring, compared to 62% last week, 67% last year and a 61% average. Thirty-eight percent of sorghum was mature, compared to 33% last week, 32% last year and a five-year average of 33%. Twenty percent of the crop is harvested, compared to 18% last week, 22% last year and a 25% average. Sorghum condition improved slightly to 66% good to excellent, compared 65% last week.
|National Crop Progress Summary|
|Soybeans Setting Pods||97||94||95||97|
|Soybeans Dropping Leaves||12||5||15||12|
|Spring Wheat Harvested||91||81||92||75|
|Cotton Bolls Opening||33||23||28||38|
|National Crop Condition Summary|
|(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)|
|This Week||Last Week||Last Year|
For the week ending September 4, 2016, temperatures averaged two degrees below normal across the south and two degrees above normal in northern areas, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Precipitation of an inch was common across the southeast, with heavier amounts recorded in some southern counties. Central Nebraska remained mostly dry. Irrigation was winding down with soybeans being the main focus. Silage cutting was underway and the first fields of seed corn were being harvested. There were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 9 percent very short, 29 short, 59 adequate, and 3 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 8 percent very short, 30 short, 60 adequate, and 2 surplus.
Field Crops Report: Corn condition rated 1 percent very poor, 5 poor, 20 fair, 58 good, and 16 excellent. Corn dented was 76 percent, ahead of 70 last year, and near the five-year average of 73. Mature was 8 percent, near 9 last year, and behind 13 average.
Sorghum condition rated 0 percent very poor, 0 poor, 16 fair, 64 good, and 20 excellent. Sorghum coloring was 89 percent, well ahead of 62 last year and 60 average. Mature was 12 percent, ahead of 2 last year and 1 average.
Soybeans condition rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 18 fair, 61 good, and 16 excellent. Soybeans dropping leaves was 16 percent, near 18 last year, but ahead of 9 average.
Winter wheat planted was 5 percent, near 1 last year, and equal to average.
Alfalfa condition rated 4 percent very poor, 3 poor, 18 fair, 62 good, and 13 excellent. Alfalfa third cutting was 96 percent, equal to last year, and near 92 average. Fourth cutting was 41 percent, near 38 last year, and ahead of 29 average.
Dry edible beans condition rated 0 percent very poor, 3 poor, 33 fair, 56 good, and 8 excellent. Dry edible beans blooming was 99 percent. Setting pods was 97 percent, near 100 last year. Dropping leaves was 50 percent, behind 67 last year, but near 47 average. Harvested was 1 percent, equal to last year, and near 2 average.
Proso millet harvested was 10 percent, near 13 last year and 12 average.
Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 3 percent very poor, 9 poor, 24 fair, 55 good, and 9 excellent.
Stock water supplies rated 1 percent very short, 12 short, 86 adequate, and 1 surplus.
Near normal temperatures and an inch of rain or more were experienced across the State, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Some localized areas in the northwest and north central received up to six inches of rain. There were 4.0 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture rated 3 percent very short, 10 short, 78 adequate, and 9 surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 2 percent very short, 15 short, 78 adequate, and 5 surplus.
Field Crops Report: Winter wheat planted was 1 percent, equal to both last year and the five-year average.
Corn condition rated 2 percent very poor, 6 poor, 25 fair, 56 good, and 11 excellent. Corn dough was 94 percent, near 96 last year and 97 average. Dented was 80 percent, near 77 last year and 78 average. Mature was 26 percent, near 28 last year, and behind 34 average.
Soybean condition rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 26 fair, 55 good, and 14 excellent. Soybeans setting pods was 90 percent, near 88 both last year and average. Dropping leaves was 5 percent, near 9 both last year and average.
Sorghum condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 22 fair, 59 good, and 15 excellent. Sorghum coloring was 69 percent, ahead of 61 last year, and well ahead of 46 average. Mature was 9 percent, near 7 last year and 6 average.
Cotton condition rated 1 percent very poor, 2 poor, 29 fair, 66 good, and 2 excellent. Cotton squaring was 96 percent, near 95 last year and 99 average. Setting bolls was 78 percent, behind 84 both last year and average. Bolls opening was 11 percent, near 13 last year and 15 average.
Sunflower condition rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 28 fair, 63 good, and 7 excellent. Sunflowers blooming was 95 percent, near 92 both last year and average. Ray flowers dried was 28 percent, behind 33 last year and 42 average.
Alfalfa hay condition rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 31 fair, 58 good, and 6 excellent. Alfalfa hay third cutting was 95 percent complete, near 96 last year and 93 average. Fourth cutting was 51 percent complete, near 52 last year, but well ahead of 33 average.
Livestock, Pasture, and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 4 poor, 23 fair, 60 good, and 12 excellent.
Stock water supplies were 1 percent very short, 7 short, 89 adequate, and 3 surplus.