Cooler Weather Reduces Stress on Crops, but Also Slows Development


Cooler weather and recent rains have helped to reduce the stress on Nebraska's crops, but the drop in temperatures may also have caused corn development to fall behind.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Nebraska's corn crop was about a week behind average as of Sunday. Corn silking was only 90 percent complete, compared to the average 99 percent.

With the help of last week's rain, soil moisture figures rose. Statewide, topsoil moisture rated 54 percent adequate or surplus, 3 percentage points higher than the week before. Subsoil moisture was 34 adequate or surplus, compared with 30 percent the week before.

About 67 percent of the Nebraska's corn crop rated good or excellent.

Meanwhile, rains in Kansas left some producers with mixed emotions.

Kansas crops and pastures are mostly faring better in the wake of heavy rain that brought much-needed moisture to arid western sections, but swamped some fields elsewhere.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that supplies of stock water improved, but remain short to very short in 26 percent of Kansas. Pastures remain in poor to very poor shape across 39 percent of the state.

The condition of corn crops aren't fairing much better. Twenty-six percent of the state's corn rated poor to very poor, 33 percent fair, 35 percent good and only 6 percent excellent.