Nebraska's corn harvest 95% complete, two weeks ahead of average, USDA says

LINCOLN, Nebraska , November 15, 2011 () – Nebraska farmers are making good progress on field work as they wrap up the harvest.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in the weekly crop report on Monday that the statewide corn harvest is 95 percent complete. That's three days behind last year but two weeks ahead of the average. The harvest lags in the Panhandle, where it's about two-thirds complete.

Farmers took advantage of last week's near normal temperatures and mostly dry conditions to continue with fall tillage and anhydrous ammonia applications.

The western two-thirds of Nebraska was dry. The only significant precipitation was in the southeast, with totals around 1 ½ inches in some locations. The USDA says soil moisture levels continue to be below average for this time year.

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