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Neb. harvest ahead of schedule because of weather

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's main crops remain ahead of schedule, but poor conditions are common across the state because of the hot, dry weather.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that 12 percent of the corn crop had already been harvested. That's well ahead of the typical 1 percent at this time of year.

But only about 31 percent of the corn crop in Nebraska rates in good or excellent condition right now. That's well below the 79 percent average.

The USDA says more than half of the irrigated corn is in excellent or good shape — much better than the 3 percent of dryland corn in that condition.

About 77 percent of the soybeans have begun to turn color. That's 11 days ahead of the 44 percent average.

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