No precipitation since October for Northeast Nebraska as drought worsens
A Northeast Nebraska farmer says skyrocketing fertilizer prices and drought are her top concerns for this growing season.
Anne Meis grows corn and soybeans near Elgin. “We have not had measurable precipitation in our area since October. There is no moisture on the ground and that makes all of us nervous.”
She tells Brownfield just like other growers, input availability and costs have been challenging. “It has just been a sock in the gut that we are paying 50, 70 or 80 percent more in fertilizer.”
And, she says “It’s hard enough to eek a profit by but now that we have input costs like this, it’s going to be more and more challenging, so it makes us nervous.”
Meis says she won’t change corn acres this year but will adjust fertilizer rates.