Nebraska farmer monitoring crops for early season growth issues

A Southeast Nebraska farmer says his crops are in desperate need of moisture and could be showing signs of disease pressure.

Nathan Dorn farms 30 minutes south of Lincoln and says he received about 2 inches of rain Thursday morning, but it’s not nearly enough. “We’re limping from rain to rain. We don’t feel like we have a full soil profile. We don’t feel like there’s enough out in the soil for the crops to grow. This rain will get us through hopefully to the next rain and if we miss the next rain we’ll then you know that’s a problem.

He tells Brownfield early season crop development hasn’t been great. “Corn is up and the first corn is probably 9 to 12 inches tall, and we’re starting to notice some fertility problems. I don’t know if that’s just because we haven’t had enough rain and those are popping through, but it could be some sulfur deficiency and some other problems that we’re starting to wonder about.”

The latest US Drought Monitor released Thursday showed Lancaster County and city of Lincoln in severe and exceptional drought – the most severe classifications.

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