Rain and Snow Slows Crop Planting Across Nebraska


This spring's cold, wet weather has delayed planting in parts of Nebraska because many fields are soggy after last week's snow and rain.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, only 14 percent of the state's corn crop has been planted, which is only slightly better than the national estimate that shows 12 percent of the corn crop has been planted.

The rate is about a week and a half behind average for Nebraska however and well behind last year's rate; at this time last year, 70 percent of Nebraska's corn was planted.

Corn is not the only crop being affected by the soggy fields, only 1 percent of Nebraska's soybeans have been planted, which is well behind the 53 percent average.

Even with seeding falling behind, many Nebraska farmers are happy to see the moisture, though most remain in severe drought. About 36 percent of topsoil and about 84 percent of subsoil is either short or very short on moisture.