Wintry blast puts brakes on Nebraska harvest

AP News
Posted: Dec 14, 2009 4:41 PM

Heavy snow, strong winds and subzero temperatures slowed down many Nebraska residents last week and farmers who want to finish their harvests were among them.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the wintry blast that barreled through the state made for limited progress and just 1.5 days suitable for field work.

The state's corn harvest is now 91 percent complete. The sorghum harvest is 94 percent complete.

The report also noted high grain moisture levels, while frigid temperatures are increasing drying expenses.

Farmers in some parts of the state said it's unknown when they will finish harvest, or even if it will happen this year.