Nebraska corn harvest progress lags average by date, USDA report says

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says sunshine and higher-than-normal temperatures across much of the state last week helped crops mature.

However, the USDA said in a report released Monday that only 3 percent of the state's corn had been harvested, compared with 9 percent on average by the date. The soybean harvest also lagged, with just 1 percent harvested compared with 5 percent on average by the date.

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The USDA says 56 percent of the winter wheat had been planted by Sunday, compared with the average of 50 percent over the past five years.