Nationwide drought increase crop prices but is it the same in Nebraska?

By: Sabrina Ahmed

Across the country, the lack of rain is hurting crops.

Prices for crops are going up because of this drought, but some producers in Nebraska are having fewer problems than everywhere else.

Mike Kalmer, a corn and bean farmer in Nebraska, says he is lucky to be doing pretty well. Most of his crops are still alive and will probably make it through the drought. What makes his situation different? An irrigation system.

“It's a 24/7 job, they literally got to keep going all the time,” said Kalmer. He says he wouldn't have as good of a crop if he didn't have the irrigation system but that costs too much monet. He spend about $6 an hour around the clock for his one pivot system.

He says some farmers have as many as twenty of them, but for those farmers who don't have those and those in Western Nebraska where the drought is even worse, this is a tought time.

Kalmer says while crop prices are going up because of a smaller supply, he might not have the same problems as everyone else but that doesn't mean he likes the idea of things getting more expensive.

“We really don't want them much higher than they are. I can't stress that enough, it's just going to, it'll burn out our exports, it'll really hurt us down the road,” said Kalmer.

Even if the prices do keep rising, farmers in towns like Schickley can see the light. Kalmer says he might be able to be done irrigating as much as three weeks early.