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Published September 08, 2010, 08:35 AM

Clear weather let western Nebraska farmers plant wheat

LINCOLN, Neb. — Without rain to get in the way of the work, western Nebraska farmers were able to plant their winter-wheat fields.

LINCOLN, Neb. — Without rain to get in the way of the work, western Nebraska farmers were able to plant their winter-wheat fields.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a report released Tuesday that 9 percent of Nebraska’s projected winter-wheat crop was planted by the end of last week, compared with 8 percent average by this time of the year.

The USDA says the state’s corn and soybean crops are doing well. About 81 percent of Nebraska’s corn is in good or excellent condition. Only 8 percent had reached maturity, compared to the 11 percent average for this time of year.

The USDA report also says about 78 percent of the soybean crop is in good or excellent shape, and about 81 percent of the state’s sorghum crop is in good or excellent condition.

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