Heat putting added stress on livestock

Briggs Feedyard near Seward

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the heat helped Nebraska's corn crop mature, but it is putting added stress on livestock.

The Agriculture Department says livestock producers are watching their animals closely for signs of heat stress. About 84 percent of the state's pasture and rangeland remains in good or excellent shape.

The USDA issued its weekly update on the state's crops Monday. The department says about 34 percent of the state's corn crop is now pollinated with silked ears. And about 82 percent of the corn crop is in good or excellent condition. The Agriculture Department says livestock producers are watching their animals closely for signs of heat stress. About 84 percent of the state's pasture and rangeland remains in good or excellent shape.