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Farmers hope for rain this August

Farmers hope for rain this August

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 By: Jenn Schanz 

Corn and soybean fields in southeast Nebraska got record showers in June, but saw less than an inch of rain in all of July. For farmer Alan Tiemann, the abnormal dryness is a red flag.

"Everyday in this dry weather you see those areas out in the field getting bigger, where those beans are wilting back and probably aborting pods right now because their lack of moisture," he says. 

Tiemann comes from a long line of farmers, and says he's seen worse dry spells. Corn, he's not too worried about, and says the no–till farming technique helps to preserve moisture, and get the crops through moderate dryness.

"It will tolerate the dry conditions and hang on and wait for that next rain. So right now we're taking maybe the top end off the yield, but were still going to have okay yields if we catch a rain here yet."

But soybeans, are a different story.

"As far as drought tolerance, they still need that drink of water when it's time to fill that pod," says Tiemann.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, parts of Nebraska are experiencing a moderate drought, where much of the state is abnormally dry.

Tiemann says smart technology can only do so much, and that when drought nears, it's sometimes just a waiting game.

"As a dry land farmer there's not much you can do about it except for go to church on Sundays."

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