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      Rain and Snow Keep Some Nebraska Farmers Out of the Fields

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      Last week's rain and snow coupled with high winds and cold temperatures have kept some Nebraska farmers out of the fields, but also provided a small boost in soil moisture.

      The U.S. Agriculture Department said Monday in its weekly agricultural survey report that despite the rain and snow the topsoil moisture was rated 53 percent very short or short. Subsoil moisture was rated 93 percent short or very short.

      Only about 12 percent of Nebraska's wheat crop was rated in good or excellent condition, while 50 percent was rated poor or very poor.

      The weather has also kept some farmers from getting their planting done.

      The report says 58 percent of the expected oat crop has been planted, trailing last year's figure of 73 percent but is ahead of the 51 percent average by this date.

      Producers looking to get their corn in the ground have also been put on hold, but it is still early in the season leaving most corn producers unworried.

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