Rain Gives Small Boost to Crops

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A report from the Nebraska Agriculture Statistics Service says a week of rainfall and warmer temperatures gave spring crops a boost last week but wheat crops continue to take hit.

The report, for the week ending Sunday, showed corn conditions across the state improving with the temperatures ranging from 3 degrees less than normal to 8 degrees higher than normal. The report rated only 7 percent of the state's corn either poor or very poor and 27 percent fair, 51 percent good and 15 percent excellent. Those conditions are below last year and average conditions.

The report rated wheat condition well below last year's numbers and average. Fifty-six percent of the crop had already turned color and 3 percent was already ripe. Forty-seven percent of the wheat crop was either in poor or very poor condition, with 34 percent rated fair, 18 percent rated good and only 1 percent rated excellent.

Pasture and range conditions were also below last year and average with 43 percent rated poor and very poor and 27 percent excellent.