Storms Slow Fieldwork, Improve Soil Moisture

(6-23-14) Wet and stormy weather last week slowed fieldwork in Nebraska, but helped improve soil moisture levels.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says reports of two to three inches of rain were common in central Nebraska, and up to six inches of rain was reported in northeast Nebraska. Significant storm damage was also reported in northeast Nebraska.

Crops, livestock, irrigation equipment and grain storage facilities were all damaged by tornadoes near Pilger and Wakefield. The USDA says 80 percent of the topsoil and 68 percent of the subsoil have adequate or surplus moisture. About two-thirds of the corn and soybeans are in good or excellent shape.

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