Although they were a bit excessive in some areas of east central Nebraska, last week’s rains were generally beneficial to the state’s row crops and pastures.
The latest crop progress report puts the good to excellent rating on corn at 71 percent; soybeans at 72 percent; sorghum 60 percent; and dry beans at 81 percent. Pasture and range conditions were rated 52 percent good to excellent and 33 percent fair.
The rains hindered the hay harvest in some areas, but the third and fourth cuttings of alfalfa hay are still running close to normal overall.
There were a few reports of winter wheat being seeded. The moisture will be positive for the early growth of winter wheat.