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Report: Harvest ahead of normal

October 11, 2018

It seems that harvest just got underway in earnest, only to be slowed down by wet weather. However, a report issued on Tuesday said the corn, soybean and sorghum harvests in Nebraska are all ahead of normal.

The report from the United State Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service also estimated that 87 percent of the winter wheat crop had been planted as of Tuesday, which is near the average of 85 percent and ahead of the 76 percent planted at this time last year. Sixty percent of the crop had emerged, which is average for this date.

Ninety-two percent of the corn crop is mature, ahead of the five-year average of 82 percent, and 23 percent had been harvested. The average for this time of year is 17 percent harvested. The crop was rated 79 percent good or excellent.

Of the soybean crop, 36 percent had been harvested, which was near the average of 33 percent. The crop was rated 82 percent good or excellent. Ninety-six percent of the crop had lost its leaves, compared with an average of 93 percent for this time of year.

NASS reported that 23 percent of the sorghum crop in Nebraska had been harvested, compared with the average of 16 percent. The sorghum crop was rated 81 percent good or excellent. Sorghum maturity was 91 percent, compared with an average of 79 percent.

The report rated 72 percent of pasture and range ground in the state as in good or excellent condition, 21 percent fair and 7 percent poor or very poor. No information was provided regarding average pasture and range conditions for this time of year.

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