Corn planting in Nebraska almost finished, soybeans nearing three-quarters

Near ideal conditions across Nebraska last week put corn and soybean planting ahead of schedule.

The USDA weekly crop progress report says 86 percent of the crop is in, only two percent behind last year, compared to the five-year average of 77 percent. Thirty-four percent of the crop has emerged.

Seventy-one percent of the soybeans are planted, slightly behind last year but well ahead of the five-year average of 46 percent.  Sixteen percent of the crop has emerged.

Forty-eight percent of the winter wheat crop is in good to excellent condition.

Sixteen percent of sorghum is planted – 10 percent behind last year.

Sixty-one percent of oats are in good to excellent shape with 89 percent of the crop emerged.

Two percent of dry edible beans are planted.

Forty-four percent of pasture and range are rated good to excellent.

Topsoil moisture was 72 percent adequate, two percent surplus.  Subsoil moisture was 62 percent adequate and one percent surplus.

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