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Published May 18, 2010, 08:34 AM

Cold, wet weather slows Nebraska planting

LINCOLN, Neb. — The cold, wet weather in many parts of Nebraska slowed planting and plant growth last week.

LINCOLN, Neb. — The cold, wet weather in many parts of Nebraska slowed planting and plant growth last week.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that crops in the Panhandle have been hit the hardest. Sugar beets will have to be replanted in some fields.

Despite the weather obstacles, Nebraska farmers made progress on field work for corn and soybeans.

The USDA says 89 percent of the expected corn acres were planted by Sunday, 3 percent-age points of the 86 percent average by this date.

And about 44 percent of the soybean crop has been planted, compared with 26 percent by the end of the previous week. The average for this time of year is to have 38 percent of the soybeans planted.

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