Irrigation helped Nebraska farmers not only survive the drought last year, but in some instances thrive.
Wood River farmer Curtis Rohrich produced record corn yields on irrigated ground in central Nebraska last year. Rohrich says this year’s crop looks just as good, if not better.
“I don’t know if I can go out and get those numbers again, but we don’t have any dry land corners that look bad like they did last year, so maybe the average will be there again.” Rohrich tells Brownfield Ag News at Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island. “It looks good, but you always have your fingers crossed. You never know until you start picking. But it looks good.”
Rohrich says some of his neighbors didn’t take the time to go to Husker Harvest Days. Instead, they went into the field and began the harvest early.
Rohrich says he’s tempted to follow them. He says elevators have been offering price breaks on drying corn, attractive enough to tempt him to start early, perhaps as soon as this weekend.
“Just see what the weather does. If not, I sure hope to be going next week some time.”
Ken Anderson, Brownfield Ag News, contributed to this story.