Nebraska's fall harvest being helped by recent dry weather, but moisture levels in grain still high, USDA says; dry bean harvest about 49% done, but harvest of soybeans, sugar beets just getting started

OMAHA, Nebraska , September 26, 2011 () – Recent dry weather is helping Nebraska farmers move forward with this fall's harvest.

But the U.S. Department of Agriculture says moisture levels in grain remain high across most of the state, so the amount of progress farmers can make is limited right now.

The USDA says in its weekly report the dry bean harvest is about 49 percent done, but the harvest of soybeans and sugar beets is just getting started. And only about 6 percent of Nebraska's corn crop has been harvested.

About 76 percent of the corn rates in good or excellent condition. That's close to the average at this time of year of 75 percent.

About 79 percent of the soybean crop is in good or excellent shape. That's better than the 74 percent average.

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