Better weather helps Nebraska farmers plant corn, soybeans

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP)- Good weather enabled Nebraska farmers to make progress in planting crops last week, but they remain behind historic averages.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that for the week ending Sunday, there were five days suitable for field works.

Thanks to the better weather, farmers managed to raise the amount of corn planted to 70% of the anticipated crop. That's still behind the 86% planted last year and for the five-year average. About 27% of the corn crop had emerged, significantly behind the 49% last year and for the five-year average.

For soybeans, farmers had planted 40% of the crop, behind last year's 64% and the 54% average.