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Precipitation slows harvest in Nebraska for first week of October

(NTV News)

For the first week of October (ending Oct. 8), temperatures averaged near normal across western Nebraska, but four to eight degrees above normal in the east, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Rain limited time in the field with 1.9 days considered suitable for fieldwork. Rainfall of an inch or more fell across most of the state, while some northeastern counties received up to four inches. Substantial amounts of precipitation continued to limit harvest activities.

According to the USDA's weekly report, corn harvest was at 13 percent which is behind the 29 percent average. Corn condition rated four percent very poor, eight poor, 24 fair, 46 good and 18 excellent. Corn mature was 83 percent, behind 91 last year, and near 87 for the five-year average.

Soybean harvest is behind as well with 23 percent harvested which compares to 46 percent average by this time of year. Soybean condition rated four percent very poor, 8 poor, 26 fair, 49 good, and 13 excellent. Soybeans dropping leaves was 96 percent, near 94 last year and 93 average.

Winter wheat planted was 77 percent, behind 94 last year and 87 average with emerged at 57 percent, which is equal to average.

Sorghum condition rated three percent very poor, two poor, 20 fair, 54 good and 21 excellent. Sorghum mature was 81 percent, behind 94 last year and near 82 average. Harvested was at 19 percent, behind 32 last year, but near 20 average.

Alfalfa fourth cutting was near average with 89 percent complete.

Dry edible beans harvested was 70 percent, behind 82 both last year and average.

Proso millet harvested was 69 percent, behind 78 last year and 85 average.

Find the complete Nebraska Crop Progress and Condition Report here.

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