Late Summer Heat Takes Toll on Omaha Area Crops
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Valley, NE-Third generation farmer Ryan Ueberrhein is among Nebraska farmers taking a hit from the recent heat wave.
"It's abnormally hot. And we're not getting the rains we'd hoped to be getting this time of the year. So it's stressing out the crop, specifically the soybeans," he said.
Wilted leaves and small pods are evidence. Ueberrhein is watching the forecast and watering closely. He says he's spent more money on water irrigation recently.
"We just keep praying for rain, hoping it's going to come," he said.
Heat is expected for the next several days, forecast to hit 102 on Friday before cooling down again. August is a hot month. Until this week, we had dodged the oppressive heat.
Pastor Dave Matsumura struggled Tuesday to make sure the irrigation system at the small farm at Hope Presbyterian Church in Omaha. In hot weeks like this one, it's detrimental. Church volunteers recently had to quickly harvest the corn, the heat blast had it ready quicker than they expected.
Matsumura called it a blitz.
"We sell the corn and donate what doesn't sell. Of course you want more to harvest so you can donate more," he said.