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Nebraska farmer optimistic for irrigated crops, dryland likely lost

Despite record breaking heat at critical times of the growing season, Eastern Nebraska farmer Mitch Oswald says he’s optimistic about harvest.

“I guess average or just a touch above average.  I don’t think it’s going to be a yield-breaking year for soybeans.”

As for his corn crop, he tells Brownfield, “I’m pretty hopeful for irrigated corn.  From what I’ve seen, my stuff has filled out very well and has good kernel counts on everything.”  

But, Oswald says, dryland corn has taken a hit and planting dates may have played a role for farmers who planted in May and not mid-April. “The stuff that was planted really early and you can drive by and it’s just basically a stalk right now.  Anything that was later planted I think had some extreme stress during grain fill or late pollination.  I’ve heard of some tip back in the area.”

He says there were three timely rains that helped those crops endure the heat better.

And, Oswald says, harvest should get underway next week.

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