DROUGHT TROUBLE: Farmers Reminded Of ’88
Just a few days ago, Mark Kenney, a farmer in Nevada, was ready to give up. He said his corn crop was all curled up, and the beans had begun to shrivel. With high temperatures, no rain, and no relief in the foreseeable future, he began to think the damage done was too much to recover from. But then, without warning, a little saving grace- the rain finally came. And at about two inches total, Kenney said as a farmer he couldn’t have asked for anything better.
“It really was a game changer for our area and for this crop,” said Kenney.
Some damage had already been done, but the rain gave Kenney renewed hope for at least a decent yield.
Still, Kenney couldn’t help but compare this year to the summer of ’88. That year, drought had devastating effects. Many Iowa farmers lost their entire crop. Today, farmers have science on their sides.
“It’s been awhile since we`ve been through conditions like this, to really test some of these hybrids out, but now that we`ve been through it and see what they can do, in the right conditions where you do have a little of moisture, it truly is amazing what they are able to do,” said Kenney.