For the week ending Nov. 17, excellent fall harvest conditions allowed producers to move ahead rapidly with combining of crops, according to the Nebraska Agricultural Statistics Service.

Producer activities also included fall tillage, fertilizer applications and putting up fences for grazing corn stalks.

Temperatures averaged above normals for the week, but ranged from four degrees below normal to six degrees above normals. Precipitation was widely scattered, very light and generally under 0.1 inch.

Corn harvest progressed well last week, with 88% complete, about a week and a half behind last year, at 97%, and average at 95%.

Soybean harvest made very good progress, with 98% complete, behind last year, which was finished a week earlier, and average, at 99%.

Sorghum moved ahead to 94% combined, behind last year, at 99%, and average, at 98%.

Wheat condition improved and rated 9% very poor, 7% poor, 29% fair, 52% good and 3% excellent. A year ago, conditions rated 73% good and excellent, compared to only 55% this year, while average ratings are 66%.

Cattle are gleaning stalk fields, grazing fall pastures or receiving supplemental feedstuffs.

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