Long dry summer coming to end

Center pivot pumps water on a corn field in western Boone County.A long dry summer is coming to an end in Boone County, and irrigation systems are still pumping water to area crops.

Due to the heat, corn and soybeans have developed much faster than normal, with 86 percent of corn in the dough stage and 83 percent of soybeans setting pods. Much of the dryland corn crop has been chopped for silage or baled for hay.

USDA now estimates Nebraska’s corn crop at 1.34 billion bushels, down 13 percent from last year’s production and the smallest crop since 2006.

Details in the Aug. 15 Albion News and Petersburg Press Print & Electronic Editions.

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