CREATED Apr. 11, 2013
Omaha, NE - Trying to put the past behind them, farmers look forward to a new beginning.
"The 2 inches of rain that we got this weekend gives a lot of hope."
Moisture is finally falling over Nebraska farmlands. David Bray and Tyler Nelson know this is a helpful start to planting season.
"We were kinda waiting on some moisture to get on the ground cause we don't want to put the seed in the ground and don't have it sprout", says Bray.
Bray says if we weren't getting the much needed rain and even the snow, the crop this summer might not come up at all.
"We've been drilling some post holes and 4 foot down, is dry. Dry as a bone", says Nelson.
The state is still dealing with severe drought conditions. Even though the rain brings hope, farmers say it isn't enough.
"I would say we probably need an inch a week, for the next, you know rest of the summer."
This 300 acre farm grows corn, beans, veggies and fruits. The planting here hasn't started yet. These guys need ground temperature to warm up. They aren't sure when it will happen.
"We already had corn in the ground right now last year, as far as a normal year? I don't know what a normal year is anymore."
While Bray and Nelson walk through the muddy conditions on the farm, the wet ground proves a second chance.
"Farmers in the area are just praying for rain. More rain."