Dry weather taking toll on Nebraska crops
Expanding dryness is taking a toll on crops and pastures in Nebraska.
The USDA says that as of Sunday, 64% of corn is called good to excellent, 2% lower than last week, with 74% of the crop dented, compared to the five-year average of 60%, and 11% mature, compared to 4% on average.
66% of soybeans are rated good to excellent, a decline of 5%, with 16% dropping leaves, compared to 8% usually in late August.
57% of sorghum is in good to excellent condition, a drop of 7%, with 60% coloring, compared to 53% on average, and 2% of the crop mature, compared to 3% on average.
Just 23% of pastures and rangelands are in good to excellent shape, a decrease of 16%, while 70% of the state’s topsoil and 62% of subsoil are short to very short of moisture.