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USDA says most of Nebraska corn crop planted

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 96 percent of Nebraska's corn crop and 63 percent of the soybean crop have been planted.

Although the percentage of corn planted by the end of last week is near the average for this time of year, the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Tuesday that only 61 percent of corn plants had emerged. That's behind the 75 percent average and last year's 94 percent.

Only 17 percent of soybeans had emerged, which is well behind the 39 percent average and last year's 69 percent.

Only 39 percent of sorghum has been planted and 5 percent had emerged. Both were behind averages.

The survey found 22 percent of wheat was very poor, 28 percent poor, 39 percent fair and 11 percent good.