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Published October 26, 2010, 10:30 AM

Warm weather helps Nebraska farmers with harvest

LINCOLN, Neb. — The USDA says Nebraska farmers are making excellent progress on this fall’s harvest because of the past month of warm weather.

LINCOLN, Neb. — The USDA says Nebraska farmers are making excellent progress on this fall’s harvest because of the past month of warm weather.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that the state’s soybean harvest is 96 percent done and the corn harvest is 74 percent complete. The soybean harvest is two weeks ahead of normal, and the corn harvest is about three weeks ahead of average.

The warm weather is also helping to dry crops out in the fields, so farmers will save money on drying costs this year.

The sorghum harvest is about 52 percent complete. That’s well ahead of the average 34 percent complete at this time of year.

About 68 percent of the state’s pasture and range land rated in good or excellent condition.

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