South Central Nebraska farmer Mike Bergen says drought and intense heat have likely ruined some of his crops.
“Some corn is already done. Starch lines are down far enough. Saw some corn that was just starting to black layer. Beans are going to need another shot of water.”
He tells Brownfield another round of irrigation could help tip the scales for 2024. “As we finish out this crop that’s probably why that last irrigation is really important is just because we don’t have the capacity in the soil moisture profile to ride this thing out just because we’ve missed out on rains here.”
Bergen says yield coud fall below the trendline.