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      Nebraska, Kansas Crop Report

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      Above average temperatures and dry temperatures in the western two-thirds of Nebraska have limited pasture growth and continued to stress spring planted crops.

      The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its weekly report Monday that 78 percent of the corn is being rated good or excellent and 19 percent fair. Three percent is being rated as in poor condition.

      Soybeans are 97 percent emerged, slightly behind the 99 percent average. Only 2 percent of the crop was blooming, falling behind the average 9 percent. According to the report, 78 percent of the soybean crop is good or excellent and 20 percent fair. Only 2 percent is poor.

      A few southern wheat fields in Nebraska have been cut. Harvest is expected to gain momentum in southern counties in the coming days. The Panhandle wheat harvest is at least two weeks away.

      The Kansas winter wheat harvest hit the 57 percent mark on as of Sunday.

      The National Agricultural Statistics Service said harvest is lagging behind the 99 percent completed last year at the same time. This year's harvest is also lagging behind the average June completion rate of 67 percent.

      Cutting was delayed this year by cool weather that delayed the wheat's maturity. The agency says just 85 percent of the wheat is now ripe. By this time a year ago, the entire crop was ripe.

      The condition of wheat still in the field is being rated as 43 percent poor to very poor, 24 percent fair and 33 percent good to excellent.

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