Rain Interrupts Nebraska Corn Planting

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says rain interrupted corn planting in much of Nebraska last week.

A report issued Monday said topsoil and subsoil moisture figures are above last year's and the average around this date.

The USDA says 23 percent of the expected corn crop has been planted. That compares with 24 percent last year around this date and the five-year average of 15 percent.

The week before last, 5 percent had been planted.

About 74 percent of the wheat crop rated in good or excellent condition, a point above last year at this date and 13 points ahead of the average of 61 percent good or excellent by this date.

About 85 percent of the oats crop has been planted, which is 3 percentage points ahead of the average planting by this date.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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