An Eastern Nebraska farmer says on-going drought and extreme heat are hurting crops.
Chris Clausen says he’s never seen a soybean crop decline this quickly. “In July, I think I had 7 inches of rain and looked like we were going to have a tremendous soybean crop. Expectations were probably 65 to 70 if you didn’t have any disease. The crop is shutting down. The plants are wilting.”
A farmer-led yield tour evaluated 14 fields in Colfax County and estimated 190 bushels per acre, but he says the crop could lose up to 20 bushels per acre before harvest.