Corn planting in Nebraska almost half completed, soybeans nearing one-quarter

Nebraska farmers continue to make significant planting progress for corn and soybeans as they had nearly a week suitable for fieldwork.

According to the latest crop progress report from the USDA, 42 percent of the corn was planted compared to 55 percent last year but 6 percent ahead of the five-year average.  Two-percent of the crop has emerged.

Soybean planting is 20 percent complete, compared to 29 percent a year ago and ahead of the five-year average of 12 percent. 

Winter wheat condition rated 42 percent good to excellent.

One-percent of sorghum is planted, behind last year’s 6 percent and the five year average of two percent.

Seventy-three percent of oats planted were emerged, well-ahead of 53 percent a year ago and the five-year average of 50 percent. 

Topsoil is 68 percent adequate and two percent surplus.  Subsoil moisture is 62 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus.

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