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Published November 30, 2010, 08:09 AM

USDA: Nebraska’s fall harvest essentially complete

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska’s fall harvest is essentially complete.

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska’s fall harvest is essentially complete.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the state’s farmers were harvesting the final remaining row crops last week. In many areas, cattle are already grazing on corn stalks in harvested fields.

Nebraska’s winter wheat crop isn’t in top condition because of the recent lack of moisture. The USDA estimates that about 45 percent of the winter wheat crop is in good or excellent condition. That’s well below the average of 68 percent good or excellent at this time of year.

About 57 percent of the state’s pasture and rangeland rated in good or excellent condition.

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