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Stifling temperatures means the pivots keep running in Nebraska

South-Central Nebraska farmer Doug Saathoff says crops will struggle during this week’s extreme temperatures when highs approach 100 degrees. 

“We just don’t have a lot of subsoil moisture going into this year.  It’s hard to stay ahead when the temperatures are getting over 90.  We’re starting to get some wind so that makes it worse.”

Areas of the Great Plains will see daytime highs in the middle to upper 90s and Saathoff tells Brownfield many farmers have been irrigating for awhile. “Ideally, you’d like to wait until after The Fourth of July, but it seems like it’s sometimes that middle to the end of June when we get fired up.  Pivots have already been going pretty good a few weeks ago.”  

He says timely rains earlier this month have helped keep the crops going, but dry conditions are starting to intensify.

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