Combines are beginning to roll across Nebraska, with the harvest starting in the southeastern corner of the state.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Educator Paul Hay in Gage County says the corn harvest is underway. Hay says farmers hope the weather cooperates for soybeans planted late due to the wet spring.
“We need to kind of keep the sunny days coming and not that frost, yet. Probably another couple of weeks to get kind of through that,” Hay tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KWBE. “Corn is starting to ripen; a lot of dryland fields, we’re in to those. We’re in to some irrigated corn now.”
Hay says a number of corn fields suffered damage from storms that moved through the southeastern portion of Nebraska over the Labor Day weekend. Many farmers are letting cattle into fields that simply won’t be very easy to harvest. Hay cautions to make sure there isn’t too much corn left in the fields for cattle to safely consume.
While it was wet early in southeastern Nebraska, it has been wet late in northeastern Nebraska.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Educator Keith Jarvi of Dixon County says farmers need some sunny, dry days to get harvest in full swing in the northeastern region of Nebraska.
Jarvi says farmers, in general, are optimistic about their crop yields, just wary of the prices they’ll get.
“They’re feeling pretty good about what’s out there, it’s just what they’re going to get for it, that’s the big issue right now,” Jarvi says.
The latest reports show 10% of the corn crop has been harvested in Nebraska and about 13% of the soybeans have been harvested across the state.
Dave Niedfeldt, KWBE, contributed to this report.