NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION
For the week ending May 2, 2021, there were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 7% very short, 23% short, 68% adequate, and 2% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 11% very short, 26% short, 62% adequate, and 1% surplus.
Field Crops Report:
Corn planted was 42%, behind 55% last year, but ahead of 36% for the five-year average. Emerged was 2%, behind 8% last year, and near 5% average.
Soybeans planted was 20%, behind 29% last year, but ahead of 12% average.
Winter wheat condition rated 6% very poor, 12% poor, 40% fair, 39% good, and 3% excellent.
Sorghum planted was 1%, behind 6% last year, and near 2% average.
Oats planted was 92%, ahead of 86% last year and 80% average. Emerged was 73%, well ahead of 53% last year and 50% average.
Pasture and Range Report:
Pasture and range conditions rated 6% very poor, 16% poor, 37% fair, 37% good, and 4% excellent.
IOWA CROP PROGRESS & CONDITION
Planting of corn and soybean crops accelerated during the week ending May 2, 2021 according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork for the week due to limited precipitation. Other field activities such as applying anhydrous and dry fertilizer were sporadic, due to strong winds.
Topsoil moisture levels rated 17% very short, 38% short, 45% adequate and 0% surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 14% very short, 44% short, 42% adequate and 0% surplus. Dry conditions are a concern.
Iowa farmers were able to plant almost half of the State’s expected corn crop during the week ending May 2 for a total of 69% planted, 9 days ahead of the 5-year average. With the week’s warmer temperatures, there were scattered reports of corn emerged.
Iowa farmers planted over one-third of the expected soybean crop during the week ending May 2 for a total of 43% planted, 12 days ahead of normal.
Ninety-five percent of Iowa’s expected oat crop has been planted, 2 days ahead of last year and 10 days ahead of the 5-year average. Statewide 51% of the oat crop has emerged, 3 days ahead of average.
Pasture condition rated 41% good to excellent. Reports were received of slow growth due to lack of moisture. No livestock problems were reported.
Corn Planting Progress Jumps 29 Percentage Points
USDA NASS’ weekly Crop Progress report released Monday shows corn planting progress jumped 29 percentage points last week to reach 46% complete as of Sunday, May 2. That is slightly behind last year’s pace at the same time of 48% but is 10 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 36%. Corn emergence continued to run slightly behind normal, at 8% as of Sunday compared to the five-year average of 9%.
With the warmer weather NASS estimated that 24% of the crop was planted as of Sunday, up 16 percentage points from the previous week and 13 percentage points ahead of the five-year average of 11%.
Development of winter wheat trails the normal pace. Winter wheat heading was estimated at 27% as of Sunday, 7 percentage points behind the five-year average of 34%. Winter wheat condition fell again slightly to 48% good to excellent as of Sunday, down 1 percentage point from 49%.