Despite widespread flooding along both the Missouri and North Platte Rivers, Nebraska farmers look to a bountiful harvest this fall.
Overall, crops look excellent according to Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Dan Steinkruger. He says the hot, humid weather has helped the corn crop develop. Soybeans also seem to be developing well this summer.
An exception to the rosy outlook is the farmland ruined by flooding.
“The big impact has been along the North Platte River in western Nebraska and then the Missouri River flooding has been devastating to those farmers in the Missouri River Valley,” Steinkruger tells Nebraska Radio Network.
The North Platte has started to recede. Floodwaters in western Nebraska covered mostly grassland and hay fields. The Missouri River remains flooded. Steinkruger estimates that perhaps more than 100,000 acres of farmland in the Missouri River Valley has been taken out of production without any assurance that cropland will be ready for next year.
Though 100,000 acres is a huge amount of farmland to be completely taken out of production, Steinkruger notes that it’s a small percentage of the 20 million acres in production in Nebraska. Severe weather, including hail, damaged some of the wheat crop. Wet weather earlier this year delayed the wheat harvest.
The president of the Nebraska Farm Bureau told Brownfield farmers have been “pleasantly surprised” by the yield of their non-irrigated crop.