“Fun in the summer:” A Nebraska farmer’s concern on current drought conditions

A Nebraska grower says Mother Nature isn’t showing any signs of relief from the dry conditions anytime soon.

Jay Reiners tells Brownfield “It’s hot and dry.  Pivots are starting to get fired up.  It’s fun in the summer in Central Nebraska again,” he says.

The corn and soybean grower of Juniata says he’s not concerned he’s already watering crops. “I’ve heard agronomists say if you water this early it won’t root down and all that stuff, but I think all of the research says that if you water a good soaking the roots will go down as long as you don’t keep on watering, watering.”

He says because of hot temperatures and lack of moisture he hopes this doesn’t mean a repeat of last summer where he received a half-inch of rain across three months. “Dryland corn hung in there because we had so much subsoil but that’s different this year.  We don’t have any subsoil like we did last year.  Dryland is going to start hurting this year if we don’t get any rain.”

The forecast for the state shows temperatures nearing 100 the rest of the week with little-to-no chances of rain.

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