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Planting Season Nears, Moisture Remains Top Concern for Farmers in Nebraska, Kansas

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Nebraska farmers are getting ready for planting season, but concerns are high about the lack of moisture across much of the state.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Nebraska received less than half the normal amount of precipitation during March. The department says about 65 percent of the state is currently experiencing drought conditions and around 62 percent of the state is short or very short on topsoil moisture.

Moisture is also a concern for the wheat crop in both Nebraska and Kansas.

About 55 percent of the Nebraska's winter wheat crop is in good or excellent condition, while only 32 percent is considered in good or excellent condition in Kansas.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported nearly 25 percent of Kansas' wheat crop is in poor to very poor condition.

The report noted the persistence of dry conditions in southwest Kansas during the past week but found moisture is needed in most of the state.

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