Rain Prompts Delays for Many Nebraska Farmers


Planting of winter wheat has slowed due to wet conditions in the fields.

Last week's inch or more of rain in much of Nebraska's Panhandle and portions of central Nebraska put farmers a little behind schedule for this year's planting.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 65 percent of the expected crop has been planted, compared to the 72 percent average for the end of September.

However, the rain is still considered good news, despite the delay. According to the USDA, the rain improved the overall prospects for the coming wheat crop.

The report also says the state's corn harvest is falling a little behind schedule. Only about 9 percent of the corn crop has been harvested, compared to 51 percent last year and the 16 percent average for this time of the year.

The soybean harvest is seeing similar numbers. The harvest is about 13 percent complete, compared with 44 percent last year and the 19 percent average.