Royce Schaneman, executive director of the Nebraska Wheat Board, says there are spotty dry areas in Nebraska but not near to the level seen further south.
“The dryness that we’re seeing in Nebraska is nothing like the southwest Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas panhandle,” Schaneman says. “Right now, where we are with the stage of the crop and the little bit of moisture we’ve got, the crop actually looks fairly good.”
Schaneman says Nebraska’s winter wheat crop is looking better than it did at the beginning of the recent tour by the Wheat Quality Council.
“The estimates that we’ve taken since the hard red winter wheat tour, our crop looks a little better than the guys south of us,” Schaneman says. “We’re estimating maybe 40 bushel per acre yield statewide which is actually down about five bushel per acre off of our state average.”
Schaneman says if they can get timely moisture and avoid temperature extremes, Nebraska’s wheat growers should be able to finish the crop in fairly good condition.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton