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      Nebraska Sees More Moisture in the Soil

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      LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Last week's rain and below-normal temperatures combined to raise figures on Nebraska soil moisture.

      The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 30 percent of Nebraska's subsoil had adequate or extra moisture last week, compared with 24 percent the week before. Topsoil moisture was 51 percent adequate or beyond, compared with 31 percent a week earlier.

      About 85 percent of the irrigated corn in the state was in good or excellent condition, compared with 76 percent average. The USDA says 43 percent of dryland corn was in good or excellent condition, compared with 40 percent the week before and much lower than the average of 64 percent good or excellent.

      The USDA says about 69 percent of the soybean crop was in good or excellent shape.

      Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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