Day 7: July 3, 2020
9th Annual US Corn Belt Crop Tour Summary of the State of Nebraska
The 2020 9th Annual U.S. Corn Belt Crop tour route in the state of Nebraska started in Kearney, NE and travelled north west into Scottsbluff before heading north into South Dakota. It was 91F and sunny for day 7 July 3, 2020. Nebraska is 50% irrigated and 50% is dryland crops. The irrigated corn and soybean crops were looking good and a “garden spot” but the dryland crops were nor perfect and too dry after only receiving 1 inch of moisture since planting. Nebraska had yellow soybeans, pineapple corn and late planted dry corn in Western NE.
Dryland corn needs to catch a rain during pollination and gets some relief from the heat and slow down drying rates. Soil moisture at 50% (adequate – surplus) is down from the start of the planting season at 96%. The top end yields are lost in the West and will not be contributing to a bumper crop. Rating state, 7 out of 10. Corn will pollinate in heat, late due to cold snap mid-May. Ne will not achieve a record corn yield of 192 in 2018 and a record soybean yield at 61 in 2016.
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