Cooler temps help relieve crop stress in eastern Nebraska

Nebraska Extension educator Keith Glewen, who is based in eastern part of the state, says cooler temperatures in August have been good for crops.

“Overall the crop is probably doing better now than it was two weeks ago when we had that tremendously hot weather,” Glewen says. “There’s much less stress on it with these 60 degree nighttime temperatures and then, of course, the 70’s and low 80’s during the day. We’re getting a lot less stress on things.”

Glewen says non-irrigated crops are going to need another shot or two of rain.

“If you’re in the rain-fed world—dryland world—we still need more rain to get us to maturity,” he says.

But it’s too late for some corn fields in northeast Nebraska, Glewen says.

“There’s areas where they’re going to cut that crop for silage. They don’t feel good about the grain production side of it because of the drought stress.”

Brownfield spoke with Glewen at a soybean field day near Auburn in southeast Nebraska.

AUDIO: Keith Glewen

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