Nebraska Benefits from Needed Rain but Hail Damages Crops

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The amount of moisture in Nebraska soil improved with last week's heavy rains, but the storms also caused damage with large hail.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture says much of central and eastern Nebraska received between 2 inches and 3 inches of rain last week. So 76 percent of the topsoil and 61 percent of the subsoil now has adequate or surplus moisture.  But the USDA says some farmers may have to replant crops after the storm damage.  About 70 percent of the corn crop was rated in good or excellent condition. And 69 percent of the soybean crop was also in good or excellent shape.  Pastures showed some improvement with the rain, but still only 39 percent of them were rated good or excellent.