USDA’s ag statistics office in Nebraska reports cooler temperatures and limited rainfall last week helped with harvest progress and crop drydown. The office adds some locations received the first frost of the season.
Corn harvest is almost one month ahead of average at 36% complete, and with a big chunk of the dryland corn harvested, soybean harvest is picking up steam at 19% complete, compared to 3% on average. 32% of corn and 18% of soybeans are in good to excellent condition.
Winter wheat planting is at 47%, compared to 59% on average, but only 5% has emerged, compared to 21% on average due to dry soil.
95% of topsoil and 98% of subsoil are short to very short of moisture.
98% of pastures and rangelands are in poor to very poor condition, cattle producers are looking for forage supplies and culling of livestock is called active.