Most Nebraska soil moisture is adequate

For the month of December 2015, temperatures averaged 4-6 degrees above normal across the eastern half of the state and near normal elsewhere, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

At mid-month, rainfall accumulations totaled 3 or more inches across the eastern third of the state. As the month closed, snow cover was present in many areas, limiting fieldwork activities and livestock grazing. The combination of snow and rain left many feedlots muddy until cold temperatures late in the month caused soils to freeze.

Topsoil moisture rated 2% very short, 13% short, 80% adequate and 5% surplus. Subsoil moisture rated 3% very short, 18% short, 77% adequate and 2% surplus.

Winter wheat conditions rated 3% poor, 38% fair, 51% good and 8 excellent.

Cattle and calf conditions rated 13% fair, 75% good and 12% excellent.

Sheep and lamb conditions rated 1% poor, 20% fair, 76% good and 3% excellent.

Hay and roughage supplies rated 1% very short, 3% short, 92% adequate and 4% surplus.

Stock water supplies rated 2% very short, 7% short, 89% adequate and 2% surplus.