Farmer weighs agronomic decisions as drought continues in his state

A Central Kansas farmer says the multi-year drought will force him to switch up his crop acres and seed populations for 2023.

“If we’re dry, we’re going to be dropping seed because we have to have a plant that is sustainable.”  

Brian Sieker tells Brownfield one of his biggest changes could be his corn crop. “We’ll drop population to what we think for a yield goal and make sure that we have hybrids that will flex and try to match what the weather will do to what type of a crop that we think we can have.”

The Rice County farmer says he will wait as long as possible before deciding which crops to plant. “Some of the stuff I might decide at the first of April if it’s going to be corn or sorghum.  Soybean acres will be planned before then because for herbicides, we want to make sure we have the right system in place.”

Speaking with Brownfield during the Nebraska Ag Expo, moisture and supply chain challenges are his biggest concerns for next year.

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