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From drought to saturation, Nebraska farmer dealing with adverse planting conditions

An Eastern Nebraska farmer says planting is once again on pause from wet conditions.

Quentin Connealy grows corn and soybeans along the Missouri River near Tekamah and says he’s had to face adverse conditions. “It’s crazy how fast it changes where we in a drought and now we’re pretty saturated. A lot of the fields are pretty muddy underneath and I about got stuck in a field.  We’re a flatlander so you have to watch where you tread and try not to work the ground too much and open it up so it doesn’t have any bottom to it.”

He tells Brownfield he finished corn last week and the planting pace for soybeans is at a standstill. “I don’t want to say it’s too wet, but it’s a game changer. We accept the moisture.  We love it because everything is looking green now and we need all we can get here before it shuts off in July.”

Connealy says recent moisture has created some challenges. “There’s a lot of cornstalk trash from last year from good yield last year. We’ve got to do a little extra of working in the cornstalks to make sure they’re not too thick.”

Once it dries out, he says it should take about a week to wrap up planting.

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