NEBRASKA CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION
For the week ending April 18, 2021, there were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 4% very short, 15% short, 77% adequate, and 4% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 5% very short, 28% short, 65% adequate, and 2% surplus.
Field Crops Report:
Corn planted was 2%, equal to last year, and near 4% for the five-year average.
Winter wheat condition rated 5% very poor, 12% poor, 40% fair, 40% good, and 3% excellent.
Oats planted was 70%, ahead of 51% last year and 52% average. Emerged was 26%, ahead of 14% last year and 16% average.
IOWA CROP PROGRESS & CONDITION REPORT
Snow and abnormally low temperatures meant farmers were not planting row crops for most of the week ending April 18, 2021, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork during the week. Field activities for the week included applying anhydrous and dry fertilizer, spreading manure, tilling fields and planting.
Topsoil moisture levels rated 6% very short, 23% short, 67% adequate and 4% surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 10% very short, 32% short, 54% adequate and 4% surplus.
Although most Iowa farmers continued to wait for warmer temperatures, 4% of Iowa’s corn crop has been planted.
Nearly two-thirds of Iowa’s expected oat crop has been planted, 5 days ahead of last year and 6 days ahead of the 5-year average. Statewide 12% of the oat crop has emerged, 2 days ahead of average.
There were scattered reports of soybeans planted.
Pasture condition rated 47% good to excellent. Some cattle have already been moved to pasture.
USDA National Crop Progress Report
USDA NASS released the weekly Crop Progress report Monday.
As of Sunday, April 18, farmers had planted an estimated 8% of intended corn acres. That was 2 percentage points ahead of last year’s 6% and equal to the five-year average. Two percent of corn had emerged as of Sunday, above the five-year average of 1% emerged for this time of year.
In its first national soybean planting report of the year, NASS estimated that 3% of the intended soybean crop had been planted, slightly above 2% for both last year and the five-year average.
Spring wheat planting was also running ahead of normal, at 19% complete as of Sunday, ahead of 7% at the same time last year and 12% for the five-year average.
However, development of winter wheat nationwide was running behind normal. Winter wheat heading was estimated at 10% as of Sunday, behind 13% last year and 4 percentage points behind the five-year average of 14%. For the third week in a row, winter wheat condition held steady at 53% good to excellent.