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Drought intensifies to ‘severe’ in five Nebraska counties

Farmers and ranchers in southern Nebraska have seen relief from dry conditions reported earlier this year. However, moderate drought became severe this week in parts of five northeastern counties. Most of the state has yet to record precipitation this month.

The June 8 drought monitor showed 2% of the Cornhusker state is suffering from severe drought. Another 7% of the state is in moderate drought, up more than 2% from last week. Abnormally dry acreage expanded as well and now covers 36% of Nebraska. Still, more than half the state is free of drought conditions. South of the Platte River, most counties have adequate moisture.

Map of Nebraska precipitation
Photo credit: Iowa Environmental Mesonet

Map of Nebraska drought conditions
Photo credit: U.S. Drought Monitor

In the June 7 Crop Progress Report, topsoil moisture supplies rated 3% very short, 20% short, 75% adequate, and 2% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 5% very short, 22% short, 70% adequate, and 3% surplus.

Nebraska Corn Progress

Monday’s Crop Progress Report said 95% of corn in the state had emerged, above the 89% five-year average. The corn crop was rated 24% excellent, 60% good, 13% fair, 2% poor, and 1% very poor.

Nebraska Soybean Progress

Nebraska farmers have planted 98% of their soybeans, pacing ahead of the 90% five-year average. Soybean emergence was pegged at 84%, also ahead of average.

The Nebraska soybean crop was rated 20% excellent, 66% good, 11% fair, 2% poor, 1% very poor.

Nebraska Winter Wheat Progress

Winter wheat in Nebraska is 79% headed, according to the latest Crop Progress Report. Although harvest is underway in some southern states, Nebraska farmers have not started.

The Nebraska winter wheat crop was rated 10% excellent, 46% good, 32% fair, 9% poor, and 3% very poor.

Nebraska Sorghum Progress

Sorghum planting in Nebraska is behind both last year and the five-year average at 73%. The state’s sorghum crop was rated 8% excellent, 78% good, 13% fair, 1% poor, and 0% very poor.

Nebraska Pasture and Range

Nebraska pasture and range conditions were rated 13% excellent, 31% good, 46% fair, 7% poor, and 3% very poor in the June 7 Crop Progress Report.

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