Warm weather helps move along Nebraska harvest

AP News
Posted: Nov 30, 2009 4:52 PM

Continued warm and relatively dry weather has helped Nebraska farmers make progress on their corn and soybean harvests, which are now more than three-quarters complete.

But the U.S. Department of Agriculture says despite the gains, the work in the fields is still behind schedule. The state's corn and sorghum harvests as of Sunday are 78 percent complete and more than two weeks behind the average.

Farmers continue to report high levels of moisture in the grain. That along with limited grain-drying capacity has slowed harvest some.

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Temperatures averaged five degrees above normal across the state last week and there was little precipitation.