Nebraska crops take slight hit in ratings, farmer says crops still rebounding from storms
An East-Central Nebraska farmer says some of his corn hasn’t rebounded well since an early-July windstorm.
Mitch Oswald grows corn and soybeans near Aurora. “A lot of the stuff that got blown over that didn’t green snap has goosenecked has come back and is looking a lot better than it did in July but we’re still going to see a pretty decent yield drag in it but the stuff that didn’t get any wind or withstood it a lot better is looking really good.”
The USDA says 68 percent of corn is rated good-to-excellent with 80 percent in the dough stage and 17 percent of the crop is dented.
Oswald says this has been an ideal growing season for soybeans. “We’ve had the heat, we’ve had the sun, and we’ve had obviously a little bit of a drought but we have the pivots to keep it watered so it’s kind of been a perfect storm for beans.”
Eighty-nine percent of soybeans have set pods – 7 percent ahead of the average. Soybean condition ratings are 72 percent good-to-excellent.
Sorghum is rated 59 percent good-to-excellent with 89 percent of the crop headed.
Ninety-five percent of oats have been harvested.
Dry edible beans are called 68 percent good-to-excellent with 90 percent of the corp bloomed.
Pasture and range conditions are rated 81 percent fair-to-excellent.