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Planting Update: Topsoil Bone Dry in Nebraska

April 10, 2014
By: Tyne Morgan, Ag Day TV National Reporter
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"There's just no soil moisture at all on top," says Randy Uhrmacher, a farmer in south central Nebraska.

With planting season just weeks away, he's prepping the ground by strip tilling while applying nitrogen.

"The ground is working okay, but it's super, super dry."

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Uhrmacher says that’s because he hasn’t seen any decent moisture since October.

"As we can see, there's still 1152 (phosphorus) sitting on top of the ground because it just hasn't had any moisture to dissolve it and put it into the soil," he says.

What's more concerning for this Nebraska farmer is how rough planting could be this year.

"We have a lot of these clods from putting our strips in," he says. "We're going to need some moisture to soften the clods before we can even plant."

The Nebraska farmer fears without Mother Nature’s help, he’ll be forced to prewater with irrigation just to germinate the crop.

About two hours west in Ogallala, Neb., Andy Devries says moisture underneath is decent, but the growing season is still a concern.

"I checked my wheat this morning, and I have 5 foot of moisture, at least three foot of it you can make a ball out of it, so we're sitting pretty decent, but it's not going to be enough to make a crop yet," he explains.

As for crop rotation, both farmers are opting to grow more beans.

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