The wheat crop is jointing in southwestern Nebraska, the Nebraska Wheat Growers reported on May 9.

No major pest or disease concerns have been reported. Parts of the region received precipitation the previous week, but more moisture will be needed in the future.

Soil moisture levels range from short to adequate, farmers reported.


South central

Producers in the south central part of the state also expressed concerns about the lack of precipitation. Much of the region has not had rain for more than two weeks.

While the lack of moisture has kept weeds and disease pressure down, a few reports were received of fields turning blue from stress.

Wheat growth in the region ranges from the tillering stage to jointing, said Caroline Brauer, the executive director of the Nebraska Wheat Growers Association.



Parts of southeastern Nebraska received rain in the last week, and wheat conditions remained average, producers said.

No pest or disease pressures were reported for the region. Growth remains slightly behind normal.

According to the USDA Crop Progress Report for the week ending May 6, topsoil moisture supplies rated 2% very short, 23 % short, 73% adequate and 1% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies are slightly less.

Winter wheat conditions rated 1 % very poor, 6% poor, 32% fair, 51% good and 10% excellent.


Northern Panhandle

In the northern Panhandle, producers reported wheat fields appeared average in condition and potential.

No significant moisture was received by most of the region in the last week. Some tan spot has been spotted in the region, but producers are treating and indicated the disease doesn’t appear to be widespread.

Growth remains slightly behind normal in some areas.


Southern Panhandle

Producers reported adequate moisture levels across most of the southern Panhandle. The region received anywhere from trace amounts to 1.5 inches of rainfall in the last week. Wheat in the region is jointing.

Producers indicated no significant disease or pest issues have been found at this time, but the wheat, particularly later planted fields, remains behind average in growth stages.