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Published September 13, 2011, 10:29 AM

USDA: Nebraska corn, soybean crops still in good shape

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska's crops are starting to turn their fall colors, and farmers are starting to harvest some crops.

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska's crops are starting to turn their fall colors, and farmers are starting to harvest some crops.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its weekly crop conditions report on Monday. It said flooded farmland near rivers in the state has started to emerge as the floodwaters recede.

The USDA says 10 percent of the dry beans and 14 percent of the proso millet have been harvested.

About 76 percent of Nebraska's corn crop is in good or excellent shape. That's behind last year's 83 percent rating at the same time but ahead of the average of 74 percent.

The soybean crop also appears to be in good shape with 82 percent of the crop rating good or excellent. That's better than last year's 80 percent and the 73 percent average.

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