LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- The corn harvest is picking up in Nebraska, but last week's cooler temperatures and rain won't help with drought-damaged fields.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the harvest gain momentum in southeast and east central Nebraska while farmers continue to cut damaged corn for silage where moisture is still high enough.

The USDA says in Monday's report that 41 percent of Nebraska's corn crop is in poor or very poor condition, with 28 percent in fair condition and 31 percent in good or excellent shape.

The USDA says soybeans are almost done setting pods, and 22 percent are turning colors, well ahead of the average of 4 percent.

Soybeans are rated 42 percent poor or very poor, 37 percent fair and 21 percent good or excellent.

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