Nebraska farmer switches to sorghum; it’s paid off

A South-Central Nebraska farmer says adding sorghum to his crop rotation has helped offset high feed costs for his cattle operation.

Eric Hausermann tells Brownfield drought has persisted for more than two years and a change from corn and soybeans was needed. “In our operation where we have cow/calf pairs, it really works well for fall grazing. Just implementing that into our rotation has been very key and very important to do so.”

But, he says, there’s some good news with additional moisture this winter. “We would say probably hasn’t been quite enough yet to sway any decision making yet.  But, as we get closer to that, we may have some acres that we switch from one crop to another based on moisture conditions.”

Hausermann says the soil profile has had a small recharge, but there needs to be several rain events to bust the drought.

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