- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - 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 2-to-3 inches of rain were common in central Nebraska, and up to 6 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 had adequate or surplus moisture, and 68 percent of the state’s subsoil had adequate or surplus moisture.

About 68 percent of the corn is in good or excellent condition. And 69 percent of the soybeans are in good or excellent shape.

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