Crops in the Arapahoe area have begun to grow quick and steady as May’s precipitation and hotter temperatures have helped recently planted crops emerge for their summer of growth.
According to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, there were 5.2 days suitable for field work last week while May’s precipitation took topsoil moisture to 81 percent adequate; two percent very short, 14 percent short and three percent with a surplus. Subsoil moisture continues to also be adequate at 74 percent, while four percent is rated very short, 21 percent short and only one percent surplus.
The far west edge of Furnas County is classified as abnormally dry by the United States Drought Monitor.
During the month of May, the Nebraska Rainfall Assessment and Information Network recorded precipitation totals of 5.64 inches southwest of Arapahoe to 2.420 inches northeast of Arapahoe. The May rains made it possible for crops to break through the ground without help from irrigation systems.
The National Weather Service out of Hastings shows a chance of more rain Wednesday evening into Thursday with a slight change of showers Thursday and Friday evenings. Temperatures are expected to be around 89 on Thursday and he 90’s on Friday.
Ninety-two percent of the Nebraska corn crop has emerged, according to the ag statistics service which is slightly ahead of 89 percent emerged at this time last year and 88 percent of the five-year average. The statistics service rated one percent of the corn conditions poor, 12 percent fair, 78 percent good and nine percent excellent.
Ninety-five percent of the soybean crop across the state has been planted with is head of 89 percent at the same time last year and ahead of the five-year average of 86 percent at this time last year. The statistics service rated 14 percent of the crop fair, 78 percent good and eight percent excellent.
According the UNL Crop Watch, wheat in south central and southwest Nebraska is headed or mostly headed while the ag statistics services rated Nebraska wheat at one percent poor, seven percent poor, 27 percent fair, 49 percent good and 16 percent excellent.