USDA Says Wet Weather Limited Farm Work In March

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Cool, wet weather in March limited the amount of field work Nebraska farmers could do, and caused higher-than-normal calf losses for some ranchers in the state.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service said Monday that soil temperatures at the end of March were above freezing in all corners of Nebraska.

The USDA says Nebraska's about 57 percent of the wheat crop rated in good or excellent condition at the end of March. That's lower than last year when 68 percent of the wheat crop was in good or excellent shape.

About 78 percent of the state has adequate or surplus hay supplies. At the same time last year, hay and forage supplies rated 95 percent adequate or surplus.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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