CROP PROGRESS: Corn 17% planted, soybeans 6%

Corn dump

Seasonally, farmers- as a norm - begin corn plantations in April for them easily harvest around May but if ever they plan to plant after the said month, farmers risk yield, quality and insurance guarantees - a reason as to why corn production results in a corn acre reduction.

Oats planted was 68 percent, near 71 past year, but ahead of 60 average. There were 3.8 days suitable for fieldwork. Statewide topsoil moisture was rated 3% surplus, 68% adequate, 22% short and 7% very short. The advanced Nebraska Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA (for the week ending April 16, 2017), showed soil dampness provisions in Nebraska evaluated 5 percent very diminutive, 18 percent undersized, 74 percent passable and 3 percent excess.

The agency rated the state's winter wheat crop as 6 percent excellent, 45 percent good and 33 percent fair. Emerged was 4 percent, behind 20 past year, and 10 average.

Nationally, farmers are estimated to plant almost 90 million acres of corn in 2017, which is down 4 percent from past year. Winter wheat jointed was 82 percent, behind 91 last year, but ahead of the five-year average of 70.

Barley planted was 32 percent, behind 38 previous year and average.

April 23: A mostly sunny to partly cloudy, cooler and breezy Sunday
Showers should be more common this morning than this afternoon, but they will be possible at any time through the day today . As the storm spins south of New England, it will pivot showers through the area Wednesday afternoon and into the evening.

Sorghum was 24% planted nationwide versus 19% a year ago and the average of 23%.

Cattle and calf conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 2 poor, 21 fair, 69 good, and 8 excellent. Four percent of the soybeans were planted there versus the 1% average.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly crop progress report is expected to show U.S. corn planting was 15 percent complete as of Sunday.

Sheep and lamb conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 14 fair, 81 good, and 4 excellent. Sheep shorn was 71 percent, near 74 a year ago.

Stock water supplies rated 1 percent very short, 12 short, 86 adequate, and 1 surplus.

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