Snowstorm Doesn't Dampen Wheat College

February 22, 2013 05:30 AM

About 70 people attended Thursday's Farm Journal Wheat College in Newton, Kan.

This wasn't Nebraska farmer Jack Nielsen's first Wheat College, but he still braved the snowy weather to attend Thursday's event.

"We came to one in Wichita two years ago, and incidentally there was a bigger snowstorm then," he said with a smile. "We were thinking about asking if we could have the next one in Nebraska, because we need the moisture."

Nielsen said he was willing to risk the blizzard-like conditions because the things he learned at Wheat College in the past have helped him increase his yields substantially.

"We were in the 80-100 bu. range, and now we're in the 100-120 bu. range," he said. "It's great, but when you look at the economics of farming, with inputs going up and prices going down, you've got to be in those ranges, or you won't be able to survive."

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