Farmer says soil is like “baby powder”

South Central Nebraska farmer Randy Uhrmacher says the lack of rainfall and historic drought are his top concerns for the growing season.

“I noticed the dirt was just two inches of pure powder and I took it in my hand and it’s just like baby powder with a little bit of crop residue in from last year.  It kind of showed how dry it is and how bad of need we are of moisture right now in this area.”

He tells Brownfield dryness could impact post emergence applications. “Are the herbicides going to work because the weeds aren’t growing properly? How much moisture are we going to get for activating the rest of the residual we put on in our post spray?

And, Uhrmacher says, some crops are already in jeopardy. “If we don’t get any rain, the dryland areas will be a total loss by the first of July.”

He says the irrigated acres should do ok if he can keep up with irrigation.

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