LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Most Nebraska crops remain in bad condition because of the persistent hot, dry temperatures.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its weekly report on the state's crops on Monday.

The USDA says only about 35 percent of Nebraska's corn crop is in good or excellent shape. That's much lower than the average of 78 percent at this time of year.

About 22 percent of the soybean crop is in good or excellent shape. That also compares poorly with the average of 76 percent good or excellent.

The USDA says even irrigators are struggling to keep up with their crops' demands for water.

Many ranchers are hauling water for their cattle because ponds have dried up. Only about 1 percent of the state's pastures are in good or excellent condition.