Part of US corn crop remains in the field

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Posted: Dec 10, 2009 11:16 AM

Millions of bushels of corn are still waiting to be harvested because wet fall weather and other delays have kept farmers in the Great Plains from bringing in their crop.

Some of the U.S. corn crop could be lost if farmers aren't able to complete the harvest soon, which creates financial worries.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that about 88 percent of Nebraska's corn harvest is complete. But the situation is worse to the north where 73 percent of South Dakota's harvest and only 53 percent of North Dakota's harvest are complete.

Nebraska Corn Board Chairman Alan Tiemann says the harvest may not be completed until early 2010.

The high moisture level of the grain and limited drying capacity at elevators has slowed the harvest this fall.