Wheat Harvest Begins in Nebraska

Published: Jun. 27, 2017 at 11:05 AM CDT
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It's a busy time of the year for Nebraska farmers. For those who planted wheat, it's about to get even busier.

Wheat harvest is starting across the state—with some farmers in southeast Nebraska beginning over the weekend.

“Harvest starts in southeast Nebraska and will progress west and north into the Panhandle,” said Caroline Brauer with the Nebraska Wheat Board. “We’ll actually harvest into the end of July across some of these regions.”

For wheat farmers, the growing season has been challenging. Throughout the season, weather created hurdles for producers across the state.

“In southern Nebraska, farmers got more than 12 inches of snow in May,” said Brauer. “That broke and damaged some stems.”

Weather was a big issue, but it isn’t the only thing causing headaches for Nebraska producers. Brauer says disease is also impacting crops this year.

“In the Panhandle, they have a lot of disease called “wheat streak mosaic virus.” It’s not treatable, and we have two counties where we think we’re going to lose 50 to 75 percent of the crop because of that.”

Despite the challenges, Brauer says farmers should stay optimistic.

“You have to go ‘there’s always next year.’ If you didn’t, you wouldn’t survive in this industry.”

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