Another Dry Summer? Farmers Worried

Curt Casper

BLAIR, NE (KPTM) - Ask farmers about last year's crop andthey could answer it in one word, dry. With record lows for precipitation, manyfarmers ended up losing their crops and a profit.

Farmer, Phil Kempcke said, "This was a tough one, you know,about eight weeks without any rain and about six weeks of 100 degree temps."

Kempcke is hoping this year won't be as dry, but with thelack of moisture this winter, some drought experts are saying farmers need morerain.

"We are still at a pretty big deficit," Kempcke said.

Tim Scheer and Curt Friesen of the Nebraska Corn Board aretelling farmers this year could be just as bad as last if there isn't rainsoon.

"The amount of moisturewe have had now really makes no difference, it is the spring rains that aregoing to determine whether or not we are going to come out of the drought,"Friesen said.

"We are still hoping we will get moisture this year, but wecould be wrong," Scheer said.

The Nebraska Corn Board tells Fox 42 they are hopingthe U.S. Congress is able to pass the Farm Bill to extend relief to farmers forthe next five years.