Nebraska's soybean harvest 98% complete, corn 73% harvested, but dry weather a concern, USDA says

LINCOLN, Nebraska , October 31, 2011 () – Nebraska farmers are making good progress on finishing this year's harvest, but the dry weather is a concern.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in the weekly crop report on Monday that soil moisture levels continue to decline and are now below average for the first time this year.

During the last two months, precipitation averaged less than 50% of the normal across much of the eastern third of the Nebraska. In the past week, only the southwest and the panhandle region have gotten rain, averaging ¼ of an inch.

The USDA says the soybean harvest is almost done, at 98%, while the corn harvest is 73% complete. Both are ahead of the average pace. The sunflower harvest has started, while the sugarbeet harvest is winding down.

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