Drought Makes It Tough on Dryland Farmers

Western Nebraska has seen its fair share of dryness, but no year can match the extensive heat and dryness of 2012. That's a reality dryland farmers faced when they began planting their wheat crop last fall. In a interview with KNEB/Rural Radio Network, Larry Flohr who farms in Deuel County is seeing how that dryness has carried over to this year's wheat crop.

This year Nebraska is looking at looking at producing the smallest wheat crop since How we got to this point starts with how the crop got planted last September.

Flohr was hoping fall rains would help germinate the seed, but that moisture didn't come til late October.

The winter wheat crop went into a stressful winter....both immature and weak. As the crop was coming out of dormancy, winter returned delivering three snow storms through April and May. The moisture was welcomed, but not the freezing temperatures that came with it.

The extended cold temperatures set back the wheat crop three weeks behind, which will push harvest into late July - early August.

Even with experiencing a combination problems, from drought to freeze damage to potentially hail, Flohr keeps an optimistic outlook.

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