LINCOLN, Neb. May 21, 2018 – For the week ending May 20, 2018, there were 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 2 percent very short, 15 short, 72 adequate, and 11 surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 4 percent very short, 22 short, 72 adequate, and 2 surplus.

Field Crops Report: Corn planted was 88 percent, near 86 last year, and equal to the five-year average. Emerged was 53 percent, near 49 last year, and ahead of 48 average.

Soybeans planted was 68 percent, ahead of 50 last year and 51 average. Emerged was 25 percent, ahead of 12 both last year and average.

Winter wheat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 6 poor, 31 fair, 51 good, and 11 excellent. Winter wheat headed was 4 percent, well behind 57 last year and 29 average.

Sorghum planted was 31 percent, ahead of 17 last year, and near 27 average.

Oats condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 poor, 20 fair, 72 good, and 4 excellent. Oats planted was 95 percent, near 99 last year and 98 average. Emerged was 86 percent, behind 96 last year and 91 average. Headed was 1 percent, near 5 last year and 3 average.

Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range conditions rated 3 percent very poor, 11 poor,  31 fair, 46 good, and 9 excellent.

Data for this news release were provided at the county level by USDA Farm Service Agency, UNL Extension Service, and other reporters across the State.

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