John Holmes, an extension agronomist, says odd as it may seem for late August, harvest season has arrived for many farmers.
“Some of these crops are finally running out of moisture,” Holmes says. “We have corn that is being harvested in some instances, some is being chopped and we have soybeans that are continuing to hold on, which is good.”
While parts of Nebraska saw rain over the weekend, mostly dry and hot conditions are in the immediate forecast. Holmes says the rainfall, what there was, should revive some crops.
“It’ll help the corn that’s still alive and it’ll help the beans for certain,” he says. “In every case, it will help the subsoil moisture reserve. We may have some crops that it’s too late for but an awful lot of them are still holding on and they’ll benefit from the rain.”
Some analysts predict this weather pattern will persist into October while others say, the drought may hold through spring.