Storms have effect on Nebraska crop conditions as planting wraps up
Strong winds and damaging hail had some effect on crop conditions in Nebraska last week.
Farmer Clay Govier of Broken Bow says most corn and soybeans have weathered Mother Nature well. “If your crop ground is under a pivot, I think you’re in pretty good shape. We’ve caught some pretty good shape if you’re dodging the hail.”
The USDA says corn is rated 65 percent good-to-excellent with 98 percent of the crop emerged.
Soybeans are in 69 percent good-to-excellent shape with 90 percent of the crop emerged.
But, Govier says, the drought is having an impact on pastures and wheat. “The pastures are still behind, and I don’t think they’re going to catch up if I’m going to be honest with you. It was too dry and too cold early in the spring and it got off to a late start.”
Winter wheat is 29 percent good-to-excellent. Pasture and range conditions are rated 44 percent good-to-excellent.
Fifty-eight percent of sorghum is rated good-to-excellent condition.