Despite heat and wind Nebraska farmer says crops mostly in good condition
A Northeast Nebraska farmer says some crops are showing signs of heat stress from hot and dry conditions.
Greg Anderson of farms near Newman Grove. “And, with this heat here, that’s recently been in the 90s with the strong south wind, it’s really taken some moisture out. I’ve noticed a lot of pivots going for guys who irrigate. They’re putting water on both corn and beans.”
USDA says corn and soybean conditions are rated 68 percent good-to-excellent, but winter wheat is seen at 25 percent good-to-excellent.
Anderson tells Brownfield says moisture has been hit or miss recently. “I’ve recorded 2.7 inches through the month of June, which isn’t bad, but it’s been about 10 days with very little rain. Every crop is needing a drink of moisture. We hope that will happen here this week as it’s been forecast too. “
Sorghum is in 65 good-to-excellent shape with oats rated 58 percent good-to-excellent.
Pasture and range conditions are rated 37 percent good-to-excellent.