Nebraska farmer rained out for a half a day as harvest continues

Eastern Nebraska farmer Mitch Oswald says he’s been briefly rained out from harvest after Mother Nature brought some relief to drought conditions Tuesday night.

“Honestly, it’s so dry that even if we did get a half an inch, we will be back in the field by noon or 1pm today just because it’s been so dry here.  I don’t think we had an inch or two in the month of September total.”

He tells Brownfield corn yields vary widely after a trio of hailstorms damaged the crop in June. “I’ve heard some really, really good stuff -300 plus.  I’ve heard some really average stuff – 225 to 250.  We’ve had a lot of replant, so it’s going to be hard to judge what the overall yield will be.”

And, he says, that’s similar for soybeans. “I’ve heard dryland ranges here from 20 to 30.  I’ve heard irrigated ranges from 70 to 90.  I’ve heard replant ranges from 50 to 75.”

Oswald says earlier planted soybeans have typically yielded the best.

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